How to become a certified nursing assistant

Certified nursing assistants are health care professionals who are responsible for providing basic medical care to patients. The specific job duties of a CNA may include: bathing, feeding, making bed and taking vitals. They may work under the supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse, but they may also work by themselves. CNA may work in hospitals, nursing homes in home health care services. It can be a rewarding career, which is one reason so many people want to become a CNA.

The educated needed to become a certified nursing assistant is very brief. Most programs can be completed in as little as three to six weeks. There are also a number of online programs available for people who do not have the time to study in the traditional classroom. After students complete the program, they are required to pass an examination before they can legally practice as a CNA.

A person can expect to earn anywhere from $20,000-$30,000 per year working as a CNA. That kind of makes all the training and putting up with grouchy nurses worth it. Your salary will depend on what part of the country you work and what medical facility you work at. For example, there’s a small hospital about 20 miles away that pays nearly $5 less than a larger hospital about 5 miles away from me.