Honoring Nursing Assistants

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In June Nursing Assistants are nationally recognized for their importance to the field of medicine. As our nation of baby boomers ages, the importance of having excellent nursing assistants cannot be understated.

What Is A Nursing Assistant?

Nursing assistants work under the supervision and direction of RN’s, LPN’s and other medical staff members. Nursing Assistants are certified according to the state they practice. They are sometimes referred to as

  • Nurses Aides
  • Orderlies
  • Aides
  • Geriatric Aides
  • Caregivers
  • Care Assistants
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistant)

CNA’s play an important role in helping to keep our nation healthy. Nursing Assistants are often referred to as “key players” in the hands-on caregiving of those who are frail, elderly, disabled, or unhealthy.

Nursing Assistant Facts

  • Certified – Nursing Assistants are certified caregivers who are professionally trained to care for their clients.
  • 4.5 Million – There are over 4.5 million Nursing Assistants that care for others on a daily basis.
  • Prevent Hospitalization – Nursing Assistant’s often are able to perform care for patients that helps prevent or decrease the time needed for hospitalization.
  • Savings – Utilizing a CNA for in home caregiving helps decrease costs for overall healthcare services.
  • Professionally Organized – The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants has been in service for over 35 years; providing professional information and encouragement to CNA’s.

Special Skills of a Nursing Assistant

Some of the special skills a nursing assistant may provide include:

  • Person Centered Care – a special skill which does just as the term says, provide personalized care specific to the client.
  • Safe Transport – Nursing Assistants may learn how to safely move a client from one position to another within the home. Special training that focuses on safe movement ensures that moving the client is done safely and effectively.
  • In Home Care Skills – many Nursing Assistants choose to work with in-home clients; allowing for personalized treatment and care. These in-home CNA’s know their clients personally.
  • Geriatric Care – with today’s baby boomers creating a large population of seniors, many CNA’s have chosen to go into specialized services such as geriatric care.

Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant

If you love helping people and caring for those in need becoming a nursing assistant may be the job for you. Look into how you can become one of the well deserved, appreciated nursing assistants online at the CNA License website.

6 Steps to Becoming A Nursing Assistant

  1. Meet the basic requirements of having a high school diploma or GED, be 18+ years of age, & have a valid State ID & Social Security number.
  2. Complete an accredited CNA training program
  3. Pass your Nursing Assistant’s exam
  4. Apply for your license in the state you will be practicing
  5. Pass a criminal background check, finger printing, drug screening & physical exam
  6. Get your license (this can take 4-8 weeks)

Once you have completed the steps required to become a Nursing Assistant you can begin your journey in making a difference in the lives of others.




Photo by Anne Worner