Your CNA education (certified nursing assistant) will usually consist of a certain number of class hours and a certain number of clinical hours. Clinical hours are where you put the knowledge you learned in class into practice caring for people. There are all sorts of places that will allow students to practice within their facility. However, there are certain guidelines that have to be followed (those can vary from state to state), and there has to be adequate supervisor over the students. The patients have to be protected and kept from harm as much as possible even if the student is the one taking care of them.
Depending on the state requirements and the school program, your CNA education can take several weeks to a few months to complete. Once you have completed the program with a passing grade, you will most likely have to take some sort of state test. Once you pass that test you can start working and earning as a certified nursing assistant. This can increase your pay greatly as well as giving you more chances at finding better work. Many people are also looking for good insurance and benefits packages, and this may allow you to upgrade in those as well.
There are slight variations from state to state, but in some cases facilities can send employees for CNA education through some colleges and state facilities as well. This may be true in more than one state for certain types of establishments. Some job sites will even pay for a large percentage of the education and/or test as well. This is something that you might want to take the time to check into. You might have to sign an agreement to work for them for a certain amount of time, but it is better than paying for it yourself or taking out loans to get it.
Your CNA education can open up a whole new set of job opportunities for you. You can get work at different care facilities including; hospitals, long-term care, adult care homes, and even some doctor’s offices. While holding this position you will usually be responsible for the primary care of a patient. That includes things like helping them move around, bathing them, grooming them, and in some cases helping to feed them. It can be a lot of hard work some days, but many people also find it very satisfying.