Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you have that pull in your heart whenever you see the sick and the injured? Do you have that calling to care for others? Then a job in the healthcare profession just might be the one fit for you.
You can consider the job of being a certified nursing assistant (CNA). CNAs are people who, as part of the healthcare team, provide health care services to patients and facility residents. They are also known by the terms nursing aides or orderlies. They perform and provide basic health care services to patients, with primary responsibilities such as: taking the patient’s vital signs; assisting the patients in eating, bathing and other activities of daily living; transfer the patients from the bed to the wheelchair, and vice-versa; hand out medication which may vary according to his competency and level of training; apply bandages and support materials as directed by the physician or the nurse; relay the patient’s concerns or problems to the supervising Nurse; and document the events and other activities related to the patient.
How to become one and what to expect
If you find this job appealing and that this is the job that you envision yourself to be part of in the next couple of years, then, what are you waiting for? Here are some pointers on how to become a CNA. First on the list is you need to enroll in a college or hospital offering a Certificate Program in Nursing Assistance.
Upon enrollment in this training program, you need to present your high school diploma or GED certification. Once you are enrolled in a certificate program, be prepared to be indulged in two courses: the basic patient care course and clinical externship. The first one which is taught and given by registered nurses educates you on your duties and responsibilities as a CNA (usually from 50 to 75 hours). This program covers taking vital signs, assisting the patient in bathing and eating, providing catheter care, and a lot more.
For the clinical externship part, you get to finally practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired in real-world settings. It may be done in a nursing home or a local hospital, wherein you will have a licensed supervisor as your guide in accomplishing your clinical externship requirements.
A certified nursing assistant’s job should not be taken lightly. Since they, along with other members of the health team, deal with people’s lives every day, it is required that they first must be certified prior to practice. This is to ensure they are fit and capable of doing their tasks and responsibilities. You also need to take and pass a Comprehensive examination. After all of these requirements are fulfilled and completed, you will be given state certification, and you can now fulfill your dream of helping others in need as a CNA.
Things new Nursing Students should know that’ll help them get through!
Being a new student is tough. It’s even tougher when you’re a student of a highly hands on profession. Not only must you be skilled in your craft but you need to be personable and outgoing too. Below are a few things that will help you along your away to being the most amazing Nursing Student ever!
1. It’s okay to be nervous & scared
• Being nervous & scared doesn’t mean you’re going to do horrible. You’re not alone in this and chances are, your peers are feeling just the same as you. They might just hide it better with all the excitement.
• Use this commonality and befriend your peers who are on this roller coaster with you. They’ll become an amazing support system and you guys can share the load together.
2. You’re not going to know everything
• Even when you’ve studied all that you could, you’re never going to know every situation and how things will play out. Learn from it the first time and move on.
• It’s okay if you don’t know something and admit it. You’re there to learn just like everyone else.
• Ask questions, constantly. What better way to learn and understand the practice than asking the ones who’ve experienced it.
3. Be confident & personable
• Don’t apologize for doing your job. Supporting others for a living is a hard things to do.
• You are going to be meeting a lot of people as a nurse. Whether it’s the patient that comes in, their families, or even new doctors and professionals around the work place.
4. Being tired is normal
• The days will get long and the nights even longer, but don’t fret. Once you become the nurse you dreamed off, that’s when the real journey starts.
5. Be as resilient as you can be!
• Sometimes, quitting will seem like the only option to do, it’s not. Keep pushing through, know your efforts and time is not lost and push through until the end. You got this.
• There will be tasks that scare you at first, maybe you will freeze the first time you’re asked to do something, but it’s okay. As I stated before, learn from the first time and move on.
6. You’re going to meet some unhappy people
• Don’t let them get to you. Keep doing the amazing work you know you’re capable of.
• Physicians will be in your case, it’s normal. You can learn from their interactions.
7. Find your resources & use them!
• We’re all super human in our own right but we can’t do everything alone. Find the resources necessary for you to succeed and make sure you can access them when and how you need to. Your teachers, your staff, Google even. Don’t be afraid to utilize what you have available to you.
8. Restroom breaks are gold (while on externships)
• While you’re taking care of everyone around you, don’t forget to take care of yourself.
9. Don’t forget to eat either
• This can go along with the restroom breaks. Make sure you’re taking good care of yourself.
10. Don’t forget what you came here to do
• You are a nursing student. You are about to or already have embarked on a journey that leads to helping and caring for people during their time of need.
Please find more info about our Vocational Nurse Program
The Nursing Assistant Program provides classroom theory, laboratory experience and clinical learning that teaches students the skills to perform duties such as taking vital signs, bathing, dressing, making beds, and other direct resident care. The focus is on caring for patients with compassion. Students are taught principles of infection control, communication techniques, and the skills to safely care for people. These skills include bathing, dressing, assisting to eat, grooming, toileting, lifting and moving while using proper body mechanics. Community agencies are used for clinical learning and includes long-term care settings.
- Institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools
- Programmatically Approved by the California Department of Public Health
- Approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
Nurse Assistant Program Highlights:
- 7 week intensive program including clinical activities
- Experienced Instructors
- A library and classrooms which are equipped with modern media teaching aids, textbooks, journals, periodicals, anatomical charts, phantoms, and energized lab equipment.
- Employment Assistance
- Private Loans Assistance
Our Nurse Assistant Program provides didactic and laboratory training as well as clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. The Nursing Assistant program will present the basics of bedside patient care under the guidelines of federal and state requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will meet criteria to sit for the certification exam.
Our Program Curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in this field. Students will be taught to perform duties such as taking vital signs, patient feedings, bathing, dressing, making beds, transfer of patients, and other direct resident care. The focus is on caring for the patient with compassion and care while learning support the patient with their daily needs.
Our Clinical Education is an integral part of the Nurse Assistant Program that facilitates the development of student competence with clinical skills. Clinical experience in affiliated medical facilities will be provided for all of our students.
Our Nurse Assistant Program is offered at San Mateo Campus.
Contact our admissions department to find out if you qualify for this program: www.gurnick.edu/admissions-department