CNA Training Class
Many people hope to work in the medical field, but do not have the resources or desire to attain nursing or medical degrees. Fortunately, there are many jobs that need to be done in health care, whether they’re in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, rehab centers, physicians’ offices, or elsewhere. One of the most rewarding of these jobs is as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, or CNA. A series of classes for CNA training can help you find a job that pays well and makes a difference in the lives of others.
CNA training culminates in a two-part test, one part written and one part practical. The requirements vary slightly from state to state, and it will be the state that issues you your license, so make sure that you register and take classes in the state where you live.
The written test will probably be administered to a group of people who have all recently undergone CNA training. It will cover material that you have learned in your CNA training classes, so it’s a good idea to take good notes during those classes, then to study them to prepare for your test. Your instructors will also give you handouts and other class materials, so make sure to hang on to those things, as well. Your test will probably be about 100 multiple choice questions, and you’ll have plenty of time, usually about two hours, to complete it.
So what do you learn during CNA training that you will be tested on? There is some classroom instruction, including classes in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, nutrition, and infection control. This classroom education will include the practical, hands-on experience you’ll need to pass your test and be prepared to work with real patients.
Your can training will cover every responsibility that CNA’s have in patient care. A CNA has a great deal of direct contact with patients, and sometimes, especially in long term care settings, can form caring relationships with them. The most important thing is to take good care of your patients. This may mean helping them with their day to day tasks, like brushing their hair or eating, or it may mean taking a few extra minutes to listen when they want to share the news of their day.
You will also be asked to take a patient’s vital signs, meaning the pulse, respiration, and blood pressure of your patients, and to record this important information so that the doctors and nurses can easily access it and read it. Your CNA training classes will teach you how to do this accurately and properly. You will also be taught how to bathe and clothe your patients, and how to help move them safely.
In your CNA training, you will also learn how to watch for a patient’s general well-being. Your instructors will teach you what to look for, and how to sense whether a patient is doing well, so that you can report your observances to doctors and nurses in the most helpful ways.
CNA training doesn’t take very long; anywhere from 2 weeks to 12 weeks of classes, depending on how often classes are held and the requirements of your state. These classes are sometimes offered by local hospitals, sometimes by the state licensing board, and sometimes by the American Red Cross, and in many cases are free. You can also take these classes through distance learning, training DVD’s, and online classes that are offered by community colleges.
It’s a very small investment of time and money for a career that will be extremely rewarding, and more importantly, will make the lives of countless patients better.