Do you enjoy helping others and making a difference for people everyday? Are you caring and hardworking?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career in the healthcare field might be an option for you!
As a CNA you will give patients important care and emotional support while also providing vital patient information to nurses, doctors, and other medical staff. You will have extensive daily contact with patients and will be the key to monitoring a patient’s condition.
Duties may include:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Older people are more likely than younger people to have disorders such as dementia, or to live with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. More nursing assistants will be needed to care for patients with these conditions.
Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.
After you’ve worked as a CNA, you may decide that you’d like more responsibility as an LPN or RN. Because of your professional experience and knowledge, you’ll be a solid candidate for nursing school.