C.N.A program at school
By: Emily Phillips
Money! Everyone is so money hungry and the best way to get that is to be successful in a career. As high school students we need to realize what’s out there and where we should start looking. This article is for students to see one of the many options there are out in the world and to show how much North Marion High School can help students get a heads up on life instead of having students just graduate with a standard diploma.
North Marion has Ms. Christmas who teaches a great class to help you become a certified nurse assistant by the time you graduate! To emphasize, some CNA responsibilities are bringing the patients their daily meals sometimes having to feed it to them, oral care, nail care, and basic hygiene which includes bathing in shower, tub, or sometimes bed baths and also it includes dressing them. Patients will need help getting in and out of beds, wheelchairs, bathtubs and with moving on and off of the facilities or help with bed pans. CNA’s will also have to keep monitor of blood pressure, pulse, and temperatures and answer call lights. Not only checking on them occasionally but also turning bedridden patients to take the weight off of pressure points and prevent bedsores, changing bed clothes and collecting soiled laundry, light cleaning and organizing. A certified nursing assistance must chart requested information for example; moods, vital signs, meals, consumption, liquid intake, and daily body functions. Then make sure the next CNA on shift knows all the information there is to know about the patients. Last but not least a CNA also help keep the patients entertained by bringing them outside or bringing them reading material.
With this in mind, the average CNA salary is one of the major benefits to working in this medical field position. The job does not require very much schooling or training, but still offers a good income with good health benefits. This career is unlikely to experience problems because of the downturn in the economy and offers future growth. Some CNA’s earn anywhere around $20,000 to $30,000 after a very short formal training period.
Furthermore, no matter where a CNA works, they will be required to wear scrubs. There may be specific color requirements, but in all cases, scrubs are the attire for a CNA on duty. Shoes are a very important part of the CNA uniform. CNA’s don’t concern about style for shoes they go for some that are comfortable and will not cause pain when they have to be on their feet for long periods of time. Moreover, you can move up in the medical field starting as a CNA and going higher up as a LPN and following as a RN.
All in all, working as a CNA is a team effort. Many CNA’s find that taking care of the elderly and the ill is very rewarding. Taking the right classes in high school will go a long way; you can have a head start in your career straight after high school.