Because the “Baby Boomer” generation is aging, the healthcare industry is exploding! I don’t think there’s ever been more demand for healthcare professionals than there is today, and I’m sure that demand will increase exponentially over the next decade or two.
I have some friends who are talking about getting into careers as CNAs (certified nurse’s aide) because of the low cost of training for this type of career, especially when compared to a 4 year college degree.
So I’ve looked into this myself and here are some observations.
Some of the most important professionals in the health care industry are the CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants. Without them, it would have been difficult for physicians and nurses to carry out their jobs in making sure that patients are properly taken care of. That’s why there seems to be no end in the demand for nurse aides. There is a growing need for them in nursing homes, hospitals and doctors’ clinics.
Usually, CNAs work under the close supervision of nurses or any licensed healthcare professional. Although CNAs generally work in hospitals or nursing homes, they may also work as home healthcare workers.
Some of their tasks include assisting patients in eating, bathing and dressing. They also do other basic things that licensed medical professionals do, such as taking blood pressure and taking vital signs. They also help move patients around.
Some nursing assistants work in the patient’s home. Some of them are non-certified.
It’s estimated that the job growth for nursing aides will be about 28 percent within a ten-year period which culminates in 2016. This estimate includes those working in-home and in health and medical facilities.
Growth for in-home nursing aides is estimated to grow by 46 percent, the highest estimated growth for any health-related profession. Because of this, in-home health care sits on top of the in-demand healthcare jobs.
There are huge amounts of opportunities available for CNAs and Nurse’s Aides. There’s very low barrier of entry, as well as a great opportunity for job growth. In fact, training to become a CNA is somewhat easy and only takes about a few weeks to complete.
It’s worth noting, however, that the training, as well as the job itself could take a toll on the person physically and emotionally. Pay could also be low. Career advancement isn’t quite plentiful, but working as a CNA can be a good start to move towards other more advanced medical careers.
Requirements for a CNA career are not as extensive as other licensed medical careers. Take note, however, that requirements may vary from state to state. Each employer may also have unique per-requisites.
CNAs who work in a health or medical facility are generally required to undergo training, for which a minimum of 75 hours is usually required. As for certification, they are not required for many nursing aide jobs, but they are widely available.
For those working as an in-home nursing aide through an agency, certification may be required. The certifications that CNAs must at least have are CPR or lifesaving certification.
CNA and nursing aide courses are available in many tech or vocational schools, as well as in some healthcare trade schools. Training can be completed between six and 12 weeks.
Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNAs earn an average of $10 to $12 per hour, or an equivalent of about $20,000 to $24,000 annually.