If you are anything like me, you are going to want to immediately start looking for a job as certified nursing assistant a the second you finish your final exam and you find out that you have passed and can start immediately working in your field.
There are many different options available to you once you reach this point, and you will have the ability to work in a vast amount of areas that all relate to this field in one way or another.
In this article, we are going to discuss three very specific options that you have available to you once you are officially a certified nursing assistant. So please think about these potential career paths that you may want to follow and really pay close attention to them because you’ll definitely want to work in the right area that you are most suited to and that feels like the best fit for you. There’s a possibility that you may even want to test out different areas to see which one you like the best before you completely commit to something for the long haul.
But I will leave that up to you because honestly you are the only one who knows exactly what you are looking for, so you are the only person out there who can make this final decision for yourself. Please continue reading on to learn about the three options I would like to share with you on your path to becoming a full-time certified nursing assistant.
3 job Opportunities for a Certified Nursing Assistant
1. CNA in Nursing Home
The first possible place of employment that I’d like to mention to you would be for you to work in a nursing home facility as a certified nursing assistant. Every nursing home actually has three full shifts because people are living there 24 hours a day, seven days a week so there must be people on call at every single moment. So if you want to work in a nursing home, the first thing you need to figure out is what particular shift you want to work that you are most comfortable with. There will be day shifts, evening shifts and even night shifts so there are quite a few options there for you to think about.
Job description and duties in Nursing Home
A certified nursing assistant working in a nursing home will work immediately under either a registered nurse or a company supervisor. There are quite a few activities you’ll be required to perform that are directly related to caring for the residents in this facility. You will have to help the residents get dressed or undressed when they need your assistance. You will have to assist them with bathing themselves and personal hygiene. You will also have to help them eat their meals and assist them when they have to use the restroom as well. You’ll also be required to administer fluids intravenously in some cases and you will often have to even check a resident’s vital signs when it is required of you.
You will be required to have certification from a nursing assistant program that is accredited, as well as a high school diploma, if you are going to be able to work as a certified nursing assistant in a nursing home facility. So please keep this in mind as you are choosing the career path that is the best for you.
2. CNA in Hospital
Another excellent option available to all potential certified nursing assistant candidates would be to directly work inside of a hospital. You will assist the staff members of the hospital in the area of patient care. You will have to assist them in medical procedures as well as nonmedical procedures and basically wherever else the staff members and hospital requires of you. Each hospital is different, so you may have one responsibility at a particular hospital that you would not actually have if you were to work at a different one. This is often how it goes in any field, so don’t get upset if you find out you have to do something at your hospital that a friend of yours doesn’t have to do at the hospital down the road. This is just part of life and it’s something we all have to deal with each and every day.
Job description and duties in Hospitals
Here are some of the responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant in a hospital: you will help out with some of the medical procedures, you will be required to take vital signs, you will help the patients who have trouble walking, you will help patients get into and out of bed, you will help with keeping a patient’s room both neat and tidy, when a patient presses a call light you will be required to answer that call, you will make the beds of the patients, and you will even help feed the patients as well. There are many more potential tasks that you might have to do when you are working at a hospital as a certified nursing assistant. I just wanted you to get a good idea of what this job entails, but this list certainly does not include every possible job that you may have. So please keep that in mind as you are choosing your particular field.
3. CNA in Home Health
The third and final option that I would like to present to you as a potential job as a certified nursing assistant would be to become a home health worker. People in this field are also called home health aides. The people that make up this particular field are usually nursing assistants or certified nursing assistants.
Job description and duties in Home Health
As a certified nursing assistant working as a home health aide, you will basically be required to do pretty much all of the same jobs that we mentioned above for the nursing home assistant and the hospital assistant jobs. The only difference is that you will be in a more intimate relationship working with a patient one-on-one as opposed to working with many patients in a large facility. If you prefer working in a more quiet environment then I highly recommend you use your certified nursing assistant training to become a home health aide.
Now find a certified nursing assistant career path and make sure you stick to it. This is the best way for you to really figure out your career and take advantage of such an excellent opportunity.