Updated: Jul 6, 2021
So often, people overlook the benefits of becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Though it can be a very demanding job, the benefits out weigh the bad. There are several ways that your certification can be utilized. By becoming a CNA, you become a standout candidate for nursing school. Many nursing schools (especially in the mid-west) has now made being a CNA a requirement to nursing school. Here in Georgia, University of West Georgia is one such school. Not only can being a CNA potentially assist you in getting into a nursing program but it may also help in any other health related field.
Another benefit of becoming a CNA is the potential to become self employed. Many, CNA's do private duty cases which allows them to have more control of their life and be able to bargain their wages a little more than they will be able to in big organizations. Becoming a CNA can also assist individuals who may be taking care of their love one's due to illness, disease or physical disabilities.
Becoming a CNA, will also help you to enter the health care arena at it's basic level. However, that doesn't mean you have to stay there. Many employer's offer tuition reimbursement, which means once you are employed they will contribute to you furthering your education. Once hired within a facility (such as a hospital), you can also be crossed trained in other medical positions such as clerk, transporter, telemetry tech and so much more.
As a CNA opportunities are endless. So, what are you waiting for. Register today for the next upcoming class.
~ Kim Walthour, MSN, RN