Nursing Assistant Questions and Answers

Is it possible to enroll in a CNA class without a high school diploma or GED?
There are no federal regulations stating that individuals are required to have a high school diploma prior to attending nurse aide classes. A program coordinator at the school or nursing facility which is offering CNA training classes may tell you if a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) is required in order to enroll in the nurse aide program. Some facilities do not require a diploma as long as you have completed a 10th grade high school education. In the state of Texas a high school diploma or a GED is not necessary in order to attend and complete a nursing assistant program.

I am a pre-nursing student. I have only two more classes left to take before I can start applying for nursing school. I have to wait a year until I can actually get accepted, and I was thinking about becoming a certified nursing assistant. This will allow me to get some experience under my belt before I begin the nursing program. Do you think it is a good idea, or should I just wait to start nursing school? The problem is that I want to obtain a job in the medical field, but no one will hire me because I do not have much experience. I have only worked at a dermatologist's office over the summer. I heard becoming a CNA and getting the experience, really helps you with clinicals in nursing school. Any information you can give me will be great!
I think enrolling in a nursing assistant course is a great idea. You have one year before you begin a nursing program and this time will be used wisely if you work as a certified nurse aide. First of all you will learn the basic nursing skills required in the beginning of any nursing program, such as changing beds, giving a client a bath, assisting with other activities of daily living, repositioning, measuring and recording vital signs. You will be very comfortable interacting with clients and performing all these skills by the time nursing school starts. This is a big advantage over other students which are not familiar with these concepts and skills. Completing a nursing assistant course will not only give you confidence, but will provide some income once you pass the CNA state exam and obtain a nurse aide job. You may choose to work part-time during nursing school as well, and you may do so at the hospital or facility where your clinicals are conducted. Overall, I think it will greatly benefit you to complete a nursing assistant class at this time.

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I am interested in registering for the CNA program at your facility. I would like to know, who at your college teaches CNA programs and are you accredited for the nursing including the CNA program?

I do not have my GED but I am working on getting it. I want to start taking CNA classes as soon as possible. Will I still be able to become a CNA?

I am a graduate of a nursing program from the Philippines. I am a bachelor of science in nursing degree holder and I live in California. Can I take the CNA test before challenging the NCLEX exam to be an RN?

What is your advice regarding accelerated nursing assistant programs? Is an accelerated CNA course as good as a traditional one?

How do I get a copy of my CNA license?

Can you have a misdemeanor and still become a CNA?

How do I find out if my CNA certification expired?

Are there any additional training requirements for nursing assistants working in assisted living facilities, such as CPR, First Aid, etc?

Will a flag on the CNA Registry prevent me from becoming a practical nurse?

What do I need to do to keep my CNA certification current?

How can I get a new CNA license if I lost or misplaced the original?

I want to take the CNA exam. I have heard that the exam will be using a computer. Is it true?

How do I find a school in my area that offers a CNA program?

I would like to get the CNA training videos, because I teach classes at a small nurse agency, and I would like the care provided to be the best for the client. How can I do this?

How long does it take after taking the nursing assistant state exam to get the results from your test?

How can I recertify my CNA license?

When and where I can take the CNA exam?

Am I too old to become a CNA?

I worked as a CNA from 1999 to 2008. Since then I have not worked as a CNA and was wondering if I would be able to challenge the exam or if I would have to take the class over again?

How can I get the free CNA training videos and CNA practice exams? Can you mail them to me?

Do I have to take the CNA course again if my certification expired?

How do I check the status of my CNA certification?

When does my CNA license expire?

Can I be registered as a CNA in more than one state?

Can I get my CNA license number online?

How do I renew my nurse aide certificate?

Can I renew my CNA certification online?

Is it typical to use a recruiting service or agency to get job placement after becoming a certified nursing assistant?

Can I join a CNA training course as a J-2 visa holder?

Could you give some examples of questions I might be asked at a CNA job interview? I just got my CNA license, and I am going to be looking for a job.

Where can I find free online practice tests for the nursing assistant exam?

Is it possible to take the CNA test without enrolling in a training class?

Can I enroll in an online CNA class if I don't have a high school diploma or GED?

Why is it so hard to get hired as a CNA? Everywhere that I apply they are asking for at least one year of experience in the field so what do I do next?

How can I further my education in nursing?

Can a nursing assistant from Brazil challenge the CNA exam?

How much does the CNA test cost?

Can a nursing student take the CNA exam?

Is there any way to study from the CNA book on your own, sign up for clinicals and take the exam without attending a CNA class?

My CNA certification has recently expired. Who do I need to contact for certification renewal?

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What is a Nursing Assistant?

A CNA is an entry level, certified healthcare worker. To obtain CNA certification, a nursing assistant trainee must complete a series of courses which teach the student basic skills needed to assist with patient care. A nurse aide is knowledgeable about client safety and transportation, assisting with activities of daily living, communicating with clients and nursing staff, performing basic procedures such as taking vital signs and weighing, and recording intake and output. A certified nursing assistant spends the majority of their working time at the patient's bedside, providing comfort, hygiene, and support.

State approved CNA training programs teach nurse aide trainees how to become competent care givers. The theoretical section of a nursing assistant program is augmented by the clinical portion, by reinforcing and practicing the knowledge gained in the classroom. The length of a nurse aide course depends on the facility providing the training. Some programs may require as little as three weeks to complete, while others may take two to three months. Fast paced courses are not for everyone, and students have the option to enroll in lengthier programs such as those offered by community colleges. A nurse aide trainee who completes the training is eligible to take the CNA exam. Passing this important examination results in certification and listing on the state nurse aide registry.

Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are numerous. The skills of a CNA are needed especially in hospitals, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Other nursing assistant job opportunities exist in the community, such as Home Health Aide. Hospitals may offer educational opportunities and financial incentives to nursing assistants who wish to continue their education and become licensed vocational nurses, or registered nurses.

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