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CNA Jobs Overview
Certified nursing assistants (more commonly known as CNAs and sometimes called LNAs) are crucial members of any healthcare team in both acute and post-acute settings. Under the supervision of an RN or an LPN, CNAs are responsible for hands-on care of patients including helping with daily living activities, checking vital signs, and in some cases, administering the medications that are important to the health and recovery of their patients.
There are more than 1 million people working as CNAs in the United States, and with a job growth outlook of 5% in the next 10 years, still more are needed. This can be a physically as well as an emotionally demanding job, but also incredibly rewarding for those who value direct interaction with patients and want to make an impact on people’s lives. You can find many current CNA jobs in locations across the country, and in all settings, by taking a look at IntelyCare’s job board.
CNA Education and Skills
To attain that CNA job, you’ll start by earning a high school degree or completing your GED. Each state has different requirements, but in general the next step is completing a nurse assistant training program that is approved by your state nursing board. These programs are available from community colleges, hospitals, or even online. The final step to is to pass the CNA certification exam. Each state’s test is a bit different, but it can include demonstrations of skills learned, plus written, and sometimes oral, sections.
During all your education, remember that you’ll also want to learn the soft skills that will best help your patients. Most employers would like their CNAs to be team players, have good attention to detail, be patient and compassionate, and be able to communicate clearly with patients, other caregivers, and the patient’s family.
CNA Resume and Cover Letter
Even if you are an experienced nursing professional, you’ll want to make sure your CNA resume and cover letter are both up to date and can display your skills and experience to their best advantage. Make sure your resume is properly formatted to include your job experience, degrees, certifications, and special skills.
Just like other professions, interviews for CNA jobs can make you a little nervous. But taking some time to learn about the latest tips and tricks for a nursing assistant interview can help you calm yourself and get prepared. Remembering that researching the company, listening carefully to the questions asked, and just being your honest self can help you land that new certified nursing assistant job!
CNA Salary and Benefits
Salaries for CNA jobs vary not just by state, but even by city. For instance, the median pay for a nursing assistant in Boston is a bit over $39,000, while the median pay in New Bedford, MA, is closer to $37,000. Variables affecting pay can include not just the cost of living in the metro area, but the need for nursing professionals as well.
In addition to salary, don’t forget to investigate what benefits and perks are available to you. Many employers will offer a wide range including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement accounts, bonuses, discount programs, paid time off, and even free company merch.
Ways of Working
There are a lot of ways to work as a CNA. In addition to working full time in a hospital setting, you can work on contract or on a per diem basis, which allows you to pick up shifts as you choose. You may also consider whether you want to work in post-acute care like at an assisted living or other long-term care community where you can really get to know your patients.
Not only do nursing assistant jobs come in a variety of types, but there are also many different employers to consider as well. You may want to work for an academically driven healthcare center like Johns Hopkins, a large care system like Kaiser Permanente, a nationwide group of post-acute care communities like CareOne — or even as a per diem CNA providing care at a wide range of facilities for a company like IntelyCare.
Want to Control Your Schedule as a CNA? Work With IntelyCare
There are so many types of CNA jobs available these days, but there is really one type of job that allows you to choose where and when you work. Take control of your working life with the IntelyCare app and become an IntelyPro today.