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:
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Assisted living centers
- Hospitals (where they are called Patient Care Technicians and require additional training)
CNAs are also expected to have:
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities
- Physical stamina to work in a demanding environment