CNA License Number
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Can I get my CNA license number online?
A CNA certification number can be usually obtained online. First access your state’s CNA registry page and then choose the certification verification page. Enter your personal information in the required fields and submit the data. Your license number and status should be displayed as long as all the information you have entered is correct.
Why is it so hard to find a job as a CNA if there is such a high demand for them? I challenged the state test back in April of 2009 and I received my CNA license along with my CPR, basic first aid and BLS certificates and everywhere that I apply they are asking for at least one year of experience in the field and I don’t qualify, so what do I do next? I think that I have covered just about every nursing home and hospital in my area and everyone is asking for experience. I have even offered to volunteer and they would not accept it. I am starting to get discouraged.
I understand why you might feel discouraged after searching for an open position at all those facilities and not finding one. Unemployment is high in all areas due to the the difficult economic times that we are all experiencing right now, and as a result employers have many applicants for open positions and can afford to demand previous work experience. I want to encourage you to keep trying to find a CNA job, and to use all the possible resources to locate one in your area. Local newspapers and online job search engines can be a good start. Some of the online listings I looked at did not require experience, but only certification as a CNA. My advice is to keep checking daily, as new jobs are being posted and to not give up. Good luck!
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What is a Nursing Assistant?
A CNA is an entry level, certified healthcare worker. To obtain CNA certification. a nursing assistant trainee must complete a series of courses which teach the student basic skills needed to assist with patient care. A nurse aide is knowledgeable about client safety and transportation, assisting with activities of daily living, communicating with clients and nursing staff, performing basic procedures such as taking vital signs and weighing, and recording intake and output. A certified nursing assistant spends the majority of their working time at the patient’s bedside, providing comfort, hygiene, and support.
State approved CNA training programs teach nurse aide trainees how to become competent care givers. The theoretical section of a nursing assistant program is augmented by the clinical portion, by reinforcing and practicing the knowledge gained in the classroom. The length of a nurse aide course depends on the facility providing the training. Some programs may require as little as three weeks to complete, while others may take two to three months. Fast paced courses are not for everyone, and students have the option to enroll in lengthier programs such as those offered by community colleges. A nurse aide trainee who completes the training is eligible to take the CNA exam. Passing this important examination results in certification and listing on the state nurse aide registry .
Employment opportunities for certified nursing assistants are numerous. The skills of a CNA are needed especially in hospitals, long term care facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Other nursing assistant job opportunities exist in the community, such as Home Health Aide. Hospitals may offer educational opportunities and financial incentives to nursing assistants who wish to continue their education and become licensed vocational nurses, or registered nurses.