A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is an entry-level health professional who works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to provide patient care primarily in long-term care, skilled nursing, and hospital settings.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall demand for nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides is projected to grow much faster than the average rate for all occupations.
Modern technological advancements have enabled people to live longer. The resulting growing number of elderly Americans is driving the need for long-term care provided by CNAs.
What Does the CNA Do?
Some of the typical tasks provided by CNAs include taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate; keeping patient records in terms of food/fluid intake and output; assisting patients with grooming and personal hygiene; obtaining food trays and assisting residents with feeding; and working with residents on range-of-motion exercises and movements.
In general, most CNAs are employed in long-term patient care facilities; CNAs also provide home health care, and work in hospitals and other medical facilities.
The CNA Program is a 6 week long program designed to prepare individuals to provide services to long-term care patients. The program is approved through the Department of Public Health.
The CNA program will run Monday to Friday for six weeks (200 hours total), with theory classes for the first two weeks at the BAMA San Francisco campus from 8:30 am to 3 pm, followed by clinical training for the next four weeks from 7 am to 3:30 pm at a nursing home in San Francisco. The optional job readiness module (8 hours) incorporates an array of work-directed services to help participants transition to sustained economic independence. Graduates learn effective job search strategies, interviewing and resume preparation skills.
If you're interested in training to be a Certified Nursing Assistant at BAMA our first program orientation is on Friday, February 10th, 2:00 pm at the BAMA San Francisco campus. Attending an orientation is mandatory to be accepted into the program.
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