Healthcare field is one field that never loses its job opportunities. This is because people will not stop getting sick even during the lowest economy. Nursing especially never loses its job luster. Statistics show that there is a significant amount of scarceness in the amount of nurses. And this scarceness is expected to increase with the passage of time. Connecticut still has a dearth of 46% of CNAs needed, and this dearth is expected to continue till 2015. So, until now CNA is considered a very safe profession in regard to the job prospects. Also, one doesn’t have to go through lengthy schooling. To become a CNA, one has to complete high school and then enroll in a state certified CNA course which lasts only a few weeks. Then, pass the certification exams, get certified and get a job. This certification also has to be renewed in every two years. As getting a job for CNA is easy, one will start earning as soon as the aforementioned procedure is completed. But if you have the CNA license of Connecticut, you will only be able to work in the state of Connecticut.
Once you start your job search, you may first look into the local newspapers. But because it is an internet generation, there are less likely chances of finding the jobs in papers. In fact, you should surf the internet for an effective search. There are hundreds of job applicants applying for online jobs, so it is a difficult task to get a job in this way. Another thing you can do is visit or call the local nursing homes and hospitals personally to find out if there are any vacancies available. CNA jobs are not posted much so it is good to search for them yourselves. This way you may get a job, or they may notify you once they have vacancy. Networking is the need of the hour in all fields; it will also help you find a job. So once you decide on a career, you should start making friends with people as networking cannot be one in one day.
The responsibilities of CNAs include moving patients from here to there, feeding them on time, performing all there hygiene activities and reporting any changes in them to the doctor. CNAs have to work with the patients during the whole recovery process. They become friends with patients, share their grief and pain, and still give them the hope to hold on. And yet, at many times, CNAs may not receive any credit towards the improvement in the health of patients. Hence, CNAs need to understand that they do this work charitably for patients and not to receive any accolade. That is the reason CNAs are satisfied with their jobs. And anyways CNA is a job for those with the feeling of philanthropy.
CNA jobs are very demanding. You will have to go through the toughest of situations. You may face some terrible cases that can shake you from within at times. Even in such situations, you have to be strong and have to keep patients strong. You will meet all kinds of patients, which is to say you will meet the dirtiest and rudest patients; you still have to tackle them. You may be called on for night duties. It becomes very stressful to your body and mind. So, you need to be careful from the very beginning as this stress may lead to depression. You need to take time for yourself and rest. Don’t just work all the time; remember nothing is more important than your own health.
In Connecticut, a CNA earns $ 30,400 on average. The salary largely depends on the CNAs, their skills and the place they work. Working privately for individuals in their homes will lead to higher wages than working in a hospital. It also depends on one’s experience; the more the experience, the better the paying. And once you have a CNA certificate, the doors of medical field are open to you. You can rise in the position with experience and additional training.