C.N.A. (Certified Nursing Aide) Jobs 12. January 2010 0 Caregiver Jobs, Caregiving Issues (3) Now is a great time to explore becoming a Certified Nursing Aide if you are thinking of continuing your caregiving career or looking to enter a new industry with ongoing employment opportunities. Why will nursing aides continue to be in demand? The baby boomer generation, Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are now beginning to turn 60 (Both former president's Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were born the first year of the baby boom generation). This generation will live longer than any previous generation and as advancements in medicine are allowing people to live longer while battling health issues, many of these seniors will need caregiving assistance. Who hires certified nursing aides? Nursing homes, hospitals and assisted living communities who provide care services are required by law to maintain a minimum number of certified nursing aides (C.N.A.'s) on staff. In addition, hospices, senior day cares and senior home care agencies hire C.N.A.'s to provide the hands-on care services. How do you become a certified nursing aide? You may become certified as a nursing aide by completing a training course that usually requires 120 hours of training, in a combination of classroom instruction and field work. Community colleges, non-profits and some nursing homes and hospitals provide certification courses. Contact nursing aide programs in your area to find out about admission requirements and available scholarships and grants - usually tuition assistance is available. You may also take a sample nursing aide test or practice nursing aide test to learn more about the skills taught in a training program.