Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a great way to start a career in healthcare. CNAs support patients across a variety of healthcare settings, including in hospitals and health systems, nursing homes, outpatient centers, and assisted living facilities. If you are interested in becoming a CNA with a flexible work schedule, here is a step-by-step guide to help you get started.
How to start a career as a CNA
Step 1: Understand the role of a CNA
Before you embark on the journey of becoming a CNA, it's essential to understand the responsibilities of the job. CNAs provide basic patient care, including assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing. They also take and record vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse, and assist nurses in caring for patients.
CNAs must be patient, compassionate, and have excellent communication skills. They work with patients who are often in distress, so they must be able to provide comfort and support while maintaining professionalism in various healthcare settings.
Step 2: Meet the eligibility requirements
To become a CNA, you must meet the eligibility requirements for your state. These requirements vary, but in general, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You may also need to provide proof of immunizations and pass a background check.
Step 3: Find & complete a state-approved CNA program
To become a CNA, you must complete a state-approved CNA program. These programs typically run between four and twelve weeks, and include both classroom instruction and clinical training. You can find state-approved programs at community colleges, vocational schools and healthcare facilities. The program will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to become a CNA, including basic nursing skills, infection control, and patient care. You will also learn about patient rights, and legal and ethical issues in healthcare.
Step 4: Pass the state certification exam
After completing the CNA training program, you must pass a state certification exam. The exam consists of a written test and a skills test. The written test covers the material you learned in the CNA training program, while the skills test assesses your ability to perform basic nursing skills.
Step 5: Get certified and find a job
Once you have passed the state certification exam, you will receive your CNA certification. With a certification, you can then begin looking for CNA jobs. CNAs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You can also work as a home health aide, providing care to patients in their homes.
How to use CareRev as a CNA
If you are already a working CNA with at least six months of full-time experience within the last year, you are likely eligible to pick up shifts through CareRev. CareRev offers the flexibility to work when you want and how much you want. Picking up shifts at a healthcare facility or hospital near you is simple through the CareRev app.
To use CareRev’s technology as a CNA, follow these steps:
- Apply - Easily apply via the CareRev website
- Interview - CareRev RNs review your experience and clinical background to set you up for success
- Credentialing - CareRev will review your credentials (which may vary depending on your state, facility, and specialty)
- Book Shifts - Find CNA shifts that fit your schedule and use the CareRev app to begin booking shifts
- Get Paid - Receive payment 2x weekly via direct deposit
Benefits of being a CNA with CareRev
Using CareRev’s technology to pick up CNA shifts offers the ability to choose shifts that fit your specific needs and schedule. Never miss another birthday or special occasion due to work. CareRev also offers perks from our partners for help with health insurance, taxes, childcare, meal delivery, and more.
CareRev pays professionals twice weekly - no wondering when you will be paid. CareRev professionals can also take advantage of the CareRev referral program, offering up to $250 for everyone you refer! To get started, sign up via the app and access your referral code.
Becoming a CNA is an excellent way to start a career in healthcare. It requires hard work and dedication, but it can be a rewarding career that offers both job security and opportunities to explore different specialties and interests.