As there always seems to be plenty of job vacancies available in the medical profession, many people would like to join that profession but incorrectly think that they will have to train for many years in order to do so. In order to get a foot hold in the profession, people can always join as a nurse assistant, orderly or Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and although all these three jobs may all do similar tasks, it is the certified nursing assistant which is the one that can best help you to move higher. All three of these jobs preform similar and sometimes the same jobs, basically sanitizing the patient areas, recording patient behaviour and, under the supervision of a doctor or nurse, change dressings but there are subtle differences for which the CNA will receive a higher rate of pay. One other good point about CNAs over the other two jobs as far as newcomers are concerned, is that as many of the CNAs move on become nurses, there are generally job vacancies available.
Although there are ways to get cna training in nyc or free, in many other places you have to rely on courses that can assist in training from the Red Cross or community colleges. The full courses which can consist of up to 140 hours in classrooms labs and internships in medical facilities can cost upwards of a thousand dollars but some institutions like government, military and some hospitals, may provide financial aid to assist those interested in taking the training courses.
Working in a medical facility can afford a CNA the opportunity to further their careers by taking further training to become Registered Nurses (RNs) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) which would of course afford them bigger responsibilities but also the salaries to match.
As medical facilities usually experience a high turn-over of CNAs due to them advancing their qualifications, anyone with the requirement has a good chance of finding employment anywhere in the country, even perhaps at a nursing home.
Although the thought of the work that a CNA may have to do may not be very glamorous, providing that a person has a compassionate personality, the jobs are not that laborious and they can lead to some great prospects in the future. Today there are many places that offer CNA courses including some that offer tuition on the internet but where ever you do your training, it will always be, in New York State at least, the Prometric Company that oversees the examinations. Sometimes the testing may take place where you did your training and may even have your same instructors overseeing the test taking but in other instances, you may have to take the test in somewhere that is new to you, that decision firmly lies with the Prometric Company and no one else.
Regardless of as to whether you get a free course, a financially assisted course or a course of which you have to pay fully for on your own, once you have passed the test and become certified, you future prospects will certainly look brighter.