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Western MA Fast Facts

  • Workers in Hampden County: 2,880
  • Entry Level Wage: $12/hour
  • Experienced Wage: $16/hour
  • Workers in Franklin/Hampshire Counties: 1,320
  • Entry Level Wage: $13/hour
  • Experienced Wage: $16/hour
  • Education Requirements: Certificate
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Occupational Employment and Wages Statistics, May 2016, EOLWD

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)

CNAs help patients perform the basic day-to-day tasks, especially personal care tasks.  The majority of job opportunities for nursing assistants are working with the elderly. 

Certified nursing assistants are in high demand in Western Massachusetts. They are the backbone of care delivered to the elderly in a variety of care settings. This entry-level work is very demanding, so it is important to understand what employers need in an entry-level health care worker and make sure that CNA is a good choice for you before you select a training program.

CNAs help patients perform the basic day-to-day tasks, especially personal care tasks.  The majority of job opportunities for nursing assistants are working with the elderly.

Certified nursing assistants:

  • Care for patients’ basic needs and assist in bathing, toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming, and moving patients
  • Work as part of a care team under the supervision of a nurse
  • Perform physically demanding work, lifting patients and standing for a long time
  • Work 24/7 with all shifts available allowing for flexibility in selecting a schedule that meets your needs. Overnight shifts earn a higher hourly wage.

Education and training requirements:

A high school diploma or GED and a certificate training program are required to become a certified nursing assistant. This training includes exposure to healthcare terminology, safety and emergency procedures, patients’ rights, and other job-related skills. Many CNA training programs also provide training as a home health aide. All CNAs are required to pass a certification exam.

Employment opportunities can be found in:

CNAs are also expected to have:

  • Compassion
  • Reliability
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Physical stamina to work in a demanding environment

 

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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.