In today’s economy, it can be difficult to imagine a job that is not only stable, but also growing. The health care field, however, is both and training for a position within that field can provide you with all the job security you will ever need. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for qualified nursing assistants will increase by 19% by the year 2018. This is mainly due to the needs of a large elderly and aging population and patients looking for more affordable alternatives to in-facility care.
If you’ve recently been laid off or let go from your current job and are having a difficult time securing another career in your current industry, you may need to consider entering a new field altogether. CNA training classes can provide quick and easy entrance to an economy proof career.
The average annual salary for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) ranges from $24,000 to $30,000, but some CNAs earn more than $32,000 annually. That’s not too shabby for a few weeks of training, and you also have to consider the benefits you may receive with different employers. Combine a very nice entry level salary with room for advancement in an ever growing and stable field and becoming a CNA may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
Is a Career as a CNA Right For Me?
While a career as a CNA is a perfect fit for many people, others may not be cut out for it. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before committing to CNA training:
- Are you interested in the health care field?
- Do you have a passion for helping others?
- Are your people skills top notch?
- Can you see blood and it not have it affect you negatively?
- Are you comfortable with the idea of changing soiled clothing and bed linens that can result from a patient’s inability to control their bodily functions because of illness?
- Are you able to remain objective while still being warm and reassuring?
As a CNA, you will be very much involved with the care of patients. You will likely spend more time with them than their physician will. It can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be highly stressful. Answering these questions about your personality, abilities, and limitations can help you decide if the benefits of helping others when they need help the most outweigh the potential stressors of very ill patients and the sometimes inevitable loss of a patient.
How to Become a CNA
Becoming a CNA is not quite as difficult as you would think. You need to have a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in the training program. CNA certificate programs generally take 6-12 weeks, followed by a final exam. Once you have your certificate, you’ll have a world of employment options at your feet.
CNAs can work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, retirement homes, assisted living facilities, mental health care facilities, provide in-home care for patients, and more. Practically everywhere you look there is a need for qualified CNAs! Along with having unparalleled job security, you’ll also have a great starting point for becoming a registered nurse, or even a licensed practical nurse if that is your ambition.