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How Much Does A CNA Make

Updated on September 5, 2010

Being A CNA: Is It A Rewarding Career?

For sure! being a CNA gives you a starting salary of around $10 an hour which is pretty high when comparing the amount of education and training you have to go through. To become a nursing assistant the training is under a hundred hours and is pretty easy. You have to be good with people and have a natural helping sense to make it as a CNA.

I will be discussing common questions people ask when they consider becoming a CNA. If you have a question simply use the comment box at the end of the lens to send it over and i'll address it when i update the lens.

cna job description
cna job description

What Kind Of Work Does A CNA do?

A Certified Nursing Assistant performs a number of key taks wtthin the healthcare system. Essentially, A CNA acts as an assistant to a registered nurse. The assistant performs less complicated tasks such as attending to patients food needs, changing clothes, ensuring patient hygiene, patient repositioning and a lot more.

The CNA also monitors patients vital signs. These would need to be carefully charted for ease of use by the Doctor.

As a whole, you will be very busy because you will be attending to the immediate needs of a lot of patients at a time.

As a sidenote, it may be worthwhile checking out the CNA Payscale and Salary Structure

where to start
where to start

Where Do You Start?

If you're interested in a career as a nursing assistant, it is recommended you follow the following steps:

1) You should visit a local nursing home and see for yourself what kind of work CNA's are involved in. If you ask nicely, you will also get to shadow one assistant for a whole day. This will give you a feel for the job. You can also volunteer to assist.

2) IF you like what you see, you should find out where acredited training is available. You can do this by again, contacting local nursing homes, community colleges or even full fledged hospitals in your area. Most of the time these places offer training.

3) Get your training while making sure it is accredited. Carefully follow all parts and make sure you practice the skills with collegues.

4) Apply for a certification exam which will give you the necessary qualification to become a CNA.

5) Once you pass the exam.. you can start applying for a job!

free cna training
free cna training

What If I can't afford the CNA training?

Well, there are two options available to you:

1) Get free cna training from a local nursing home in exchange for working there at a reduced rate after you complete. You should contact all nursing homes near your area especially those you feel will be understaffed. try and explain your situation and see if they give you the free option.

You could also check out this dedicated page for Free CNA Classes in Massachusetts

2) You can apply for a federal pell grant or get a scholarship for the training. If you want the scholarship you will have to go to community colleges and present your case. You should be having good prior grades for this to work.


After Becoming A CNA, Can I Study Further?

Of course you can! Most people use CNA as a stepping stone to becoming a registered nurse. Other people do the CNA training so they can work and then pay their way to a nursing qualification.

When you become a CNA, you can keep doing other training and even branch out to other career's such as being a physician's assistant or a medical assistant.

It is important to take any form of training that comes your way. Many hospitals offer free training seminars every few months. You should attend as many as you can as they can help get you a promotion.

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