Recently we visited several CNA training courses in the Austin, Texas area. We wanted to get a feel for the reasons current CNA training students were enrolling and what hopes they had for their future careers. On top of that, we also had the opportunity to speak with several CNA training instructors who gave us further insight into the still very popular career choice, –the certified nursing assistant.
The CNA Training Students
As far as students go, we found a diverse group in every CNA training facility we visited that ranged from high school dropouts and single moms to undergraduate students. The promise of a CNA career seemed to be appealing to everyone. Why is everyone still flocking to this career? Is it a safety net? Easy to begin? What are the reasons?
As diverse as the CNA training groups wee, they each had one thing in common. They were tired of the recession and had already experienced their fair share of dead ends. Unable to find jobs in the careers they had chosen, still attending school and short on cash, –whatever the reason, they all seemed to link to the recession.
When interviewed directly, here were some of the responses:
- “I have a ton of student loans and have to get some cash rolling in. CNA training is low cost and promised me job placement as soon as I graduate. Practically every job I see in the paper is for CNA training graduates. It’s kind of a no-brainer and it pays up to $10 an hour.”
- “As a single mom, I needed a job that would allow me to work a schedule that’s in line with my children’s. CNA training provided me with that opportunity. The pay isn’t as high as I’d like, but it’s a job, and right now with the unemployment rate still at 9 or 10% in some areas, I’m pretty happy about it.”
- “CNA Training provided me with the ability to take on a part time job while I’m still attending college. I need the flexible hours and the extra money. Since I’m going into the medical field, this gives me some hospital experience and I think I’ll appreciate CNAs more, having been one. When I’m finished with college I’ll be a surgical technician, so some of the skills and experience will serve me well.”
In the Austin area, CNA training programs average about eight weeks to complete. Some schools have a waiting list, but with thousands of new baby boomers flooding the retiree population every day, the future for CNA training graduates looks bright indeed.
Is Finding a Job After CNA Training a Problem?
Jobs for CNA training graduates are plentiful in many areas, but the competition is becoming more fierce with so many CNA students graduating every eight to ten weeks. There are plenty of options though, so don’t be disheartened if you are thinking about CNA training classes. A certified nursing assistant can work in a hospital, smaller medical office, cancer center, children’s hospital, teaching hospital, adult or retirement facility, rehabilitation center, or opt for home health services. The options are numerous.
Are you interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant? This is one job that is recession proof and can be a bridge to another job in the field of medicine.
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