Does your Heart Bleeds for the sick patient

Hearing the babies cry in the nursery pull at your heart strings? Does seeing the infirmed struggle to drink their meal through a straw make you want to do something about it? Well maybe, just maybe you have the calling to become a nurse. Well I wish I could stop right here and say snap your fingers and you will become a nurse. No, its going to take some effort on your part and a good place to look is the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification.

To receive your CNA certification, a nursing student must first have either a high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED). Then they must attend a certificated school and or program in which they are encouraged to take some course in the life sciences such as biology. Then after finishing their vocational schooling they will be off to begin the work of CNA training.

The CNA training is where the prospective nurse receives on the job training at either a hospital or in a clinic under the management of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). The nursing student’s CNA training will consist of at least 46 hours of dealing with the long term healthcare of patients under their care. This usually consists of making sure the patients are properly cleaned daily. Making sure that the patients are taking their prescribed medication as directed by their doctors, feeding them and making sure their rooms are properly sanitized.

This grunt work if you will is not only to train the future nurse in the various medical practices but it is also to help weed them out. The CNA training is designed not only to give these young students a foot into the medical profession, it is also to open their eyes to the reality of the profession, the way it is on a daily basis. So if you think that you can survive all of this and do well then you are on your way to your certification.