America has been going through a difficult financial time in the recent years. We have heard of innumerable people losing their jobs, and becoming penniless because of the recession. In this context, CNAs have taken a huge market. Due to the short period of studies, and the ease of the preparations in becoming a CNA, this field is being eyed by many today. Compared to other fields, nursing has been projected to be the occupation with the highest increment of job opportunities with about an expected increase of at least 21%.
What is a CNA?
CNA are assistants to other medical professionals in a hospital like LPN, RN and doctors.
They are also said to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of nurses. They perform all the basic duties of the patients, like dressing them, feeding them, cleaning them, giving injections and noting any physical development in patients. They are the ones who interact personally with the patients, and help in their recovery. A CNA can work in any kind of medical environment: hospitals, nursing homes, personal homes or other institutions.
CNA scope in California
The California government claims that the state was deficit of almost 47,000 nurses in 2010. These figures are expected to triple only in about ten years. California is also said to be the state with the most advertised nursing and CNA posts. Additionally, the CNA training is comparatively cheaper in California than other states. Hence, if you are a CNA in California, you are very likely to get a job as soon as you complete your course. The jobs are, however, concentrated in cities like Los Angles, San Diego and San Francisco.
Becoming a CNA
The California state government requires a CNA to be at least 16 years of age. First of all, one will have to enroll in a state approved CNA course. The duration requirement for CNA classes in California is 150 hours; for the federal government it is 75 hours. This course comprises of 50 hours of theoretical classes and 100 hours of practical classes. In addition, the courses are usually free if you agree to work for them after your course is complete. After completing the CNA course, one will need to pass the certification exam that is conducted by Public Health Aide and Technician Certification Section of California. Then, the applicant will have to go through physical tests to prove that she doesn’t have any health issues that could hinder her practice. After all these procedures a nursing assistant will finally be called a certified nursing assistant’ and gets ready for a job.
Difficulties faced during jobs
CNA jobs are not as easy as they seem. In spite of the easy path to becoming a CNA, the duties and responsibilities are way too hectic. One will have to go through a lot of mental as well as physical pressures. One may have to do night duties, and may have to go through disastrous cases. One will need to keep oneself strong at heart so as to tackle frightening situations. The keeping up of the hygiene of patients may be uneasy. CNAs are responsible for reporting the slightest changes and developments in the patients, so they have to be active every second during their shift. The worst part is that, despite doing so much for patients, they are hardly accredited for their contribution in their health.
However, no job can be impeccable. It has its own pros and cons. With all the difficulties at one side, it also has positive aspects to it. Becoming a CNA has no pre-requisites, and thus can be taken up by anybody. They earn quite well, somewhere between $ 9.5 and $ 14 an hour. With experience, their salary will increase more and more. The salary also depends on the kind of place one works. Most of all, CNA is a great job if one likes helping others. It is very rewarding and one receives so many blessings from patients. This blissful feeling cannot be compared to any other materialistic factors; this feeling is what makes a CNA overcome all the difficulties and hardships.