The training program is a tough one and you will have to be determined to complete the seventy two hours successfully.
First, you will have to attempt the qualifying exam in order to be enrolled for the program and this exam is to test your verbal and written communication skills which are important while you handle the patient as well as the nurses and doctors you would be working with.
In order to clear the final CNA certification exam, you will have to attend all the theoretical and especially clinical practical sessions.
Attendance especially for the clinical practical sessions is obligatory and you will be expected to dress accordingly for the clinical sessions. Theoretical classes will impart knowledge on aspects like medication management, hygiene management, daily care, physiology, taking vital signs, upholding patient’s rights etc.
Clinical sessions are designed to give you an on-the-job training experience so that you could have the hands-on experience of the role of a certified nursing assistant.
There may be thirty hours of theoretical sessions and thirty hours of clinical sessions and you will be expected to complete the required duration of each without failing. You will be required to dress up in suitable clothes which will be necessary for the clinical sessions and theoretical sessions.
You may be asked to do a little strenuous work during the clinical sessions as the responsibilities of a certified nursing aide are quite strenuous, involving physical activities.
You may have to assist the patient as he or she may be weak to do the daily activities and this is where your role comes into the picture where you will have to be a moral and emotional support to the patient.
As you would be spending the maximum number of hours with the patient more than that of the nurses and doctors, you will be a major contributing factor for the recovery of the patient.
In long term healthcare facilities like hospitals and nursing homes, you may have to be a part of a team and work along with nurses and doctors and may be involved in aiding the recovery of the patient.
Apart from the daily care responsibilities, you may be given some additional responsibilities like medication management of the patient, rendering some exclusive therapies like speech therapy etc., for patients in need. Some patients may require assistance in walking and you will have to be there when they need you.
Examinations which you will have to clear at the end of the training program may be tough and you will have to work hard to get the required score. There will be two exams, namely, the skills test and the written test.
Skills test will evaluate your practical knowledge gained from the clinical sessions and the written test will test your theoretical knowledge learnt from the classes. You may also enroll for online training programs and give the online CNA certification exam to get certified.
As soon as you clear the exam you will be listed in the registry of your state as a certified nursing assistant and you can then start looking for job opportunities in healthcare facilities.