Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs), also known as nurse aides, work under the supervision of a nurse and provide assistance to patients with their activities of daily living (ADL).
Working closely with patients, CNAs are responsible for ADLs such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients. Nurse Aides also assist nurses with medical procedures and check patient vital signs. They give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on a patient’s status to nurses.
In addition to a high school diploma or GED, interested students need to complete a six-to-eight week CNA certificate program. Classroom instruction generally includes nursing skills, nutrition, and infection control, patient’s rights and working with a medical team. Students also gain plenty of hands-on-experience during clinical activities.
Regulations vary from state to state, but most CNA programs offer a certification exam. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistants earn between $8 and $12 an hour.
Many people enter the nursing field by becoming Certified Nurse Aides, often going on to become Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) and Register Nurses (RN). CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health. Job prospects for CNAs are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population.
Classes for CNAs are offered several times a year. The next available class will be held Nov. 5-Dec. 12. For more information, call 281-312-1660 or visit the web at www.LoneStar.edu/ce.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
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