Certified Nursing Aides provide the hands-on care for seniors and others needing care in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living communities. In the U.S.A., federal legislation was passed to mandate a minimum of 75 hours of training through an approved school for nursing aides to qualify to take the state certification exam to become a Certified Nursing Aide.
States can mandate additional hours for training which is why some states require 150 hours of study or more before an individual may take the nursing aide certification test.
Request C.N.A. Class Admissions packets for schools in your area and explore becoming a C.N.A. as there are ongoing job openings in this field. As more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65 each day and our seniors are living longer lives than previous generations, more qualified nursing aides are needed.
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You may also apply for a companion caregiver job while you are pursuing C.N.A. training as the only requirements are to have a caring and dependable personality. Senior care companies hire between 5 and 10 caregivers each week to keep up with staffing demands as seniors do not plan ahead for senior care. Senior care companies provide caregiver training and you may also take online caregiver training to become certified as a professional caregiver.