how long will it take to become a cna

    what is required & how long is the process

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    Make sure there is a desire to serve. A caring, nuturing attitude is required for anyone who wants to be in this profession.
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    Get a high school diploma or a GED.
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    Complete the six to twelve week program for CNA education offered in most states. These programs may be found via the Internet, yellow pages or word of mouth -- check the link at the bottom. Make sure the program is accredited in the state where work is being sought.
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    Contact state aid registry or licensing program. Board officials will be able to advise on what to look for from an accredited program and as well as a listing of local schools. This is also the organization that will keep a record of any complaints or criminal activity on any CNA.
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    Pay for the training class. The costs vary from $300 to $600 for a program. Financial aid is often available. Each school will have financial aid requirements.
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    Send resumes to home helath agencies in the area. Home health is often the primary employer for CNA’s. Many CNA’s work for multple agencies in order to acquire the number of weekly hours desired. Hospitals and nursing homes are also primary employers for CNA’s.

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    I was a CNA from the mid to late nineties,it took me six months and I was certified to work in home health,long term and acute hospitals,I worked in all three,it was hard grueling work and I watched a lot of people die,I even had the pleasure of caring for an amazing woman who unfortunately was dying from AIDS and was with her as she took her last breathe in 1996,you must have a lot of patience,if nursing interests you go for the gusto and get your RN,then you do rewarding work and get paid very well to do so.Good luck!

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