How to become a CNA?

Most probably, you’ve heard of more and more interested people joining the trend of becoming a CNA. But what is a CNA?

A CNA or a certified nursing assistant is considered the primary caregiver of clients in several health agencies. In fact, with the rising numbers of the elderly in the population of Western countries, the demand for certified nursing assistants also increases. Also, with more people becoming more concerned and knowledgeable with their health and their rights, the need for qualified personnel also steps up. With the heavy workload of registered nurses, certified nursing assistants are the ones rendering basic and direct care to the clients.

CNAs are responsible for the grooming, hygiene, feeding, transfers, and ambulation of the clients. Aside from these manual assistance they give to their clients, certified nursing assistants are also the ones the clients talk to about their personal concerns and worries. To become a good certified nursing assistant, one needs to be physically and emotionally healthy.

To become a CNA, you need to enroll in a school that offers a CNA program course. Each state usually has community colleges and vocational or technical schools that offer this course. Nursing homes may also offer this program. If you have all the time to go back to school and attend your classes as scheduled dutifully, then by all means, enroll in a school or a nursing school.

The course usually takes about six to twelve weeks to finish. If you need more flexibility for your time, however, you can also opt to study and finish the CNA course online. There are various schools that offer this program online. Just make sure that the school is accredited by National League for Nursing Accredited Commission so that your credits will be recognized and accepted. Online classes may require six weeks to a few months depending on the time you allot for your classes. But either way of studying for the course would still allow you to become a CNA.

The CNA course usually have lectures, laboratory practices for the traditional schools, and clinical practicum with real clients in an actual clinical setting. When you’ve finished the number of hours required to finish the course, you’ll now be ready to take the final step. The last step is getting the certification by passing the CNA State Examination. The CNA State Exam includes two parts: written and demonstration. This would test your knowledge and skills necessary in becoming a CNA. After passing this, you now have the key to enter the world of nursing assistants and the perks that come with it.

Client Rights That Every CNA Should Know

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Clients are entitled to receiving services that will make their hospice or hospital stay worthwhile. Otherwise termed as ‘Bill of Rights,’ the list of privileges focuses on the dealings between the patient and physician in addition to the patient’s personal responsibility to participate in his treatment and make sound decisions. As main personnel in providing health care, certified nursing assistants should know these things.

The core value in providing health care services is focusing on the key person – the CLIENT. Hence, service providers should be aware of the rights their patients are entitled to. In most cases, people are not aware of the rights they are privileged with at the time of their care. These rights include the following:

Right to be Respected and Treated with Dignity

Regardless of the race, religious belief or social status that person belongs to, each client are expected to be treated with respect and dignity. Explanation of procedures, carrying-out interventions, and performing bedside care should be initiated by explaining the procedure first and asking for client’s permission.

Right to Privacy  and Confidentiality

Confidentiality means non-disclosure of patient’s medical and personal information that the health personnel discovered while caring for the patient. Disclosure may only be done with the client’s permission. The main goal of this ethical practice is for patients to open up information comfortably and freely. However, certain situations may require disclosure of patient information if personal safety or well-being is at stake.

Right to Know the Progress of Treatment

Clients should be updated with the progress of his condition. In doing so, he is privileged of obtaining the needed information in his convenience. In addition, he should be informed of alternative therapies that will alleviate the discomfort of his disease.

Right to Autonomy

The client  may choose not to undergo certain procedures that will help his or her condition. He has the freedom to decide as long as he is of sound mind and is 18 years old older. Refusal to be examined and treated is a client choice that should be respected by CNAs. In the same way, when approach by students conduct research, the client has all the right to refuse participation in the said activity.

Right to Choose an Advocate

Hiring someone or asking someone to act on the client’s behalf in any transactions is another privilege that some patients are not aware of.

What is a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)?

CNAAn abbreviation of CNA nowadays can instantly be correlated to Certified Nursing Assistant. These people are trained to assist the elderly or the incapacitated to perform daily activities of living. CNAs came into existence as the population of countries came to a point that there more elderly than before. The aging population may need help or assistance from the younger generation, and this includes the CNAs.

Certified Nursing Assistants primarily are responsible in bedside care. When registered nurses have a wider scope of practices, CNAs are there to help them in giving bedside care. Most of the CNAs activity may include the following:

  1. Changing the linens
  2.  Bathing the patients
  3. Assisting the patients in using the toilet
  4. Transferring the patients in to a bed or out of the bed
  5. Assisting the patients in mobilization or going around
  6. Assisting the patients in taking their food
  7. Monitoring the vital signs of patients

A special program is prepared for CNA to accomplish before they get certified. These programs are readily available in the internet with a minimal fee. Some of the lessons or trainings are in DVD or video format. A practicum is then set in order to help the CNA see what they are about to work on. The CNA program may also even include volunteer clinical exposure in order to train these CNAs to meet the demands of actual working set-up.

As CNAs work closely with patients, it is very important for the CNA to treat their job with dignity and respect. It is therefore their role to protect the name of CNAs. By being honest and providing a professional gap between the patient and the CNA, a special bond will then take place. Gaining the trust of patients is the goal of the CNAs so that they can perform well during bedside care.

Being a CNA may mean being sensitive to legal issues involved in taking care of patients. Most of the patients may be in a long-term care facility and with this issue, CNAs must take in mind to work ethically despite the numerous pressures around their work.

Aside from being able to work closely with different types of people, CNAs can gain a lot of experience as well as financially they are rewarded. With the popularity of this type of job, CNAs can earn annually from $30,000 to $50,000. CNAs must actually be open to the type of work environment they are working. Some may enjoy working in a hospital while others may want to work closely with one patient only. With the varied choices a CNA can make, one important thing that must be taken into consideration is that the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant in the health care team is unique as its name in short CNA.