What Does it Take to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant?

10 Jan 14:00 by Power Personnel


A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is the backbone of the healthcare industry. They are the primary care facilitator for patients and tend to their most basic needs, keeping them safe, healthy and comfortable. From the moment they walk into their job, their attention and care is vital to the patients for whom they are responsible. It can be a great starting point, if you’d like to further your career in the healthcare industry. In order to become a CNA, you’ll need to have these foundational skills as well as some others that will put you ahead of the competition:

  • The basics: At least 18 years of age, high school diploma or equivalency, physical exam, proof of immunizations, background check, CPR and First aid certification, valid state ID/driver’s license, TB test.
  • Training: It can range anywhere from 75-180 hours and include clinical hours.
  • https://www.nursinglicensure.org/cna/california-nursing-assistant.html#training
  • Final certification: There will be a written portion as well as skills test that will vary from student to student and will include routine care.

After you’ve passed those steps, you’re well on your way to a thriving healthcare career.

But what if you want more? How do you set yourself apart from the other CNAs and really excel in this career? There are three things you can do from day one to be the best CNA and become highly employable at your choice of facilities:

1. Take notes.

Your shifts will fly by. Unless you have a perfect memory, you will forget the important things. When you’re just starting out, you won’t want to forget instructions, tips and even how that particular facility prefers procedures to be completed. Review your notes on a regular basis.

2. Ask questions when appropriate.

If your mentor is in the middle of a complicated procedure or dealing with a difficult patient, save your questions for later. You want to learn, and your eager attitude will be noticed. Consider asking those training you to just talk through what they are doing rather than stopping to explain or ask questions. The simple act of talking while they work can be very beneficial to you as you observe.

3. Show respect.

From your first shift, show those around you respect. There are nurses and other healthcare providers who have more knowledge, learn from them, help them and give your patients the best possible care. Don’t forget to respect yourself and take care of yourself; eat when you can, rest your feet and get enough sleep.

A CNA provides daily care and assistance to people when they need it the most. Be proud of your career choice and do your best! If you are looking for a great new CNA job in the Bay Area, contact the healthcare staffing experts at Power Personnel today.