About Me


Hello everyone, my name is Helen Conner and I'm a Certified Nurses Assistant. And I'd like to welcome you to my web site, CNA Training. I always had a dream of working in the health care industry, but knew it would be difficult due to financial and time constraints. But there is a way to make your healthcare provider dreams come true -- become a certified nurses assistant! On this site I'll be giving you advice and writing articles about the many different facets of this exciting and rewarding industry. I hope you'll read some articles and and inform yourself before taking the next step towards your new career. Good luck!

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How to Become a Nurse Assistant

The typical job description of a nurse assistant has to be looked at from a patient’s perspective. For the patient, a nursing assistant is the primary point of contact for anything that he or she may need from bed-sheets to medication. The patient sees the nursing aide as one who they can trust in time with his or her needs. The job of a nursing assistant can be rewarding and demanding both at the same time.

But a lot of the success of a nursing assistant depends upon his or her temperament, mental and physical toughness and flexibility. Also important is the compassion and alertness in times of the patient’s need. A typical nurse assistant answers signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patient’s needs.

Although the above is not an exhaustive list of the tasks performed by a nurse assistant, they more or less sum up the major activities that a nursing assistant is required to do as a part of the job. Another important function that a nursing assistant performs is collecting information about a patient’s history and the tests performed and reporting the results of the same to the doctor or nurse concerned. Also included in nursing assistant duties is constant monitoring of the patients health and reporting any abnormalities to the supervisor. All said and done, a successful nurse assistant should have a helping attitude.

Almost every CNA training program stresses on physical and mental toughness for all applicants who wish to apply for such jobs. A typical CNA test would contain two components namely a clinical examination and a theoretical test. In the clinical examination, one will be tested in the practical aspects of the job, and in the latter, there will be a battery of questions to answer. It is necessary to clear both these tests in order to get the CNA certification.

Certified Nurse Assistant Training

A certified nurse assistant should have some attributes in order to be a successful and well liked professional. First of all, a nursing assistant is the front liner in caring for ill patients. He or she attends to all the needs of her patients, monitoring the health of the patient and informing the doctor concerned about any changes that she may have observed in their health. A certified nursing assistant performs all the above duties and many more.

But in order to do all these activities to the satisfaction of their patients, a nurse assistant needs special training. This training is provided by the CNA course. Typical CNA training is of three months that includes both practical and theoretical components. In the practical or clinical training one is taught to apply the theory learnt from the books during the classroom sessions in the theoretical training. This involves demonstrating five practical training skills that are learnt during the training. On the other hand, the theoretical exam comprises answering a test paper containing a number of questions. These questions will be based on the theory that is learnt in the CNA course.

Apart from the above criteria, there are some additional requirements that are to be fulfilled by a certified nursing assistant. Applicants should show equal courtesy and respect to all their patients. They should consider and try to fulfill all needs including social, physical and emotional. And provide nursing assistance to all patients irrespective of their creed. Recognize and respect the needs of elderly and disabled.

Along with all the above a certified nursing assistant should also practice good healthy habits in order to keep themselves in good health. These habits include taking nutritious meals, taking sufficient rest and sleep, taking time out for rest and relaxation, promptly reporting any adverse patient condition to the nurse on duty. She should also be taking periodic health check ups in order to maintain themselves in good health.