All You Ever Wanted to Know about Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistants, or CNAs, as they’re more commonly called, play a highly significant part in the field of health care. Also known as patient care technicians, orderlies, and nurse’s aides, these people provide an indispensable part of patient care. A Certified Nursing Assistant helps nurses in medical facilities by giving basic care to the patients, which is vital in such crowded places as large hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. The demand is high for qualified CNAs even in this time of global recession and economic failure.


To become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you’ll need to be trained and pass the CNA test. Generally, training courses to become a CNA and the requirements of the course are different, depending on what state you live in. The nature of the CNA’s job might not be the same and may be tailored to the needs of the institution. However, a CNA’s basic job description is mostly the same everywhere.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

A CNA needs to have certain skills in order to do his or her job. These include helping with patients’ medical apparatus, providing help in feeding and bathing the patients, checking vital signs, and helping them with basic health care needs.

In addition to providing patients with the basic physical health care needs, Certified Nursing Assistants must also be able to offer encouragement and emotional support to the patients. CNAs spend more time with the patients than do either doctors or nurses. In most instances, they form a bond with their patients that just isn’t possible for the doctors and nurses. In the event of long term care, the CNAs become more like friends to the patients because they see them so often.

During Certified Nursing Assistant training, the vital aspects involved in taking care of a patient are taught. These include the correct way to raise a patient, turn a patient in the bed, and the most effective methods to assist them in walking and using the bathroom. CNAs are also instructed in how to give first aid, if needed, how to take urine samples, and how to give some fundamental physiotherapy.


If becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is a career that you feel may interest you, there are some practical classes you need to take as part of the training. People with time constraints should figure out what they want the most because these are regular school courses and you’ll need to have the time to participate in the practical clinical classes.

The times that these particular classes take place may not work well with your schedule if you have a job. It’s possible to take online classes that give you enough CNA training to become state certified. However, taking the online classes obviously doesn’t give you the clinical training that’s a huge part of being able to pass the CNA test.

Something else that you need to take into consideration is how much the tuition will be to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. This is something else that depends on where you take your course. There’s a vast difference between tuition costs at regular campuses and online courses. However, there’s another option if you have a specific hospital in mind to work at. Many hospitals will provide CNA training at no cost if you’re interested in working there in that capacity.

Certified Nursing Assistants have become more respected over the years as it’s become obvious just how important the care is that they provide to people. CNAs fill in the very important slots left vacant by doctors and nurses. There’s a solid need for people that can devote themselves to this much needed job.

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karen lacy September 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

i was just wondering,ihave a 9th grade education and wanting to know if you think i could pass the state exam.i really want this ,i love old people,but i have been on disabilty for 16years now due to a carwreck.

Tammy Budgett October 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Karen Lacy,
Most trade school, colleges, Universities, and online programs require you to have a high school diploma or a GED. I would think that you might want to look into getting your diploma or GED through a local college. You may be able to complete this online and then move into the profession that you want.

Cat Alexandra November 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Hi, nice blog! I agree that this is a very good career path for one who wants to be employed in a career that is always going to be in demand. Nice article!

Maria Pavel November 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi Alexandra,

Thanks for your kind words, and yes, a nursing career if a very rewarding career :)

Maria

Cristina November 9, 2011 at 1:15 am

I am Dental Assistant now about to take the RDA test, but now i realized that….it ain’t for me anymore. I want more as a career then just doing almost nothing….Dental assistants just basically always follows orders and don’t talk much…and serious…and always exposed to being pointed for little things…always attention for the docs

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