In order to become a recognized CNA with job opportunities you must first obtain a CNA license. To do this you must complete a minimum of 75 hours in a recognized training facility. Once training is completed you must pass your state exam . Once you complete these requirements you will be placed on the state’s registry as a certified nursing assistant.
Nursing aid training is offered at vocational schools, hospitals, nursing care centers, and some community colleges. Some of the areas you will study are “body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infection control, communication skills, and resident rights. Personal care skills, such as how to help patients bathe, eat, and groom themselves, also are taught.” -[BLS.gov]
In some cases there is formal classroom training, while other methods rely primarily on on-the-job instruction led by a registered nurse. Aids may also attend lectures, workshops and in service training.
To begin, find a training program that is recognized by your state. Many programs offer online registration and many of these programs can even be completed in part at home on your computer.
This may be one of the best times to earn your license as a CNA. The economy is slow and health care jobs continue to rise, therefore it may offer a kind of job stability that will be hard to find in most other careers.
Getting licensed is as quick and painless as contacting a training facility or school, asking whether they are recognized by the state, completing their program and lastly taking your state exam to earn your license. Then you will be able to start earning a paycheck and doing something important with your life.