Ready, Set, Go!
Once you have taken the time to consider becoming a CNA, the next best step is to collect as much information you possibly can. Use the library, local community college, or the internet to gain some valuable CNA knowledge. The more you know on the subject, the clearer your image of what CNA’s really do will develop.
Most men and women considering a CNA training program after high school or college. However, recent job layoffs has opened the doors to men and women that have been laid-off to pursue a new career. Other reasons some consider becoming a CNA are job burnout, to learn how to care for a loved one, interest in the medical profession, and just for a change-of-pace.
Does It Make a Difference?
Does a GED have a lower value when compared to a high school diploma? No! In the eyes of education, the two are relatively the same. Lots of people might ask, “just how could you be a certified CNA with a GED instead of a diploma”? You can direct them to consider the fact that the two merely represent that you have a full quality education; nothing more, and nothing less.
Both forms of documentation are accepted in states that require them before CNA entry. A copy of your high school diploma or GED may not be acceptable proof, so try to present your original document. If the original copy can’t be located, contact your local department of education, high school, or college, to find out how to receive a new original document.
Some states, certainly not all, will require a high school diploma or GED before accepting you into a CNA training program.There are some secondary requirements that may be asked of you. Not all, but some, of those secondary requirements are as follows:
* Criminal background check or finger prints ( must be clean/clear )
* Blood test(s)
* Hep B vaccines or letter of refusal
* TB skin test ( negative result )
* Computer literacy/typing classant,
* ESL course for those that do not speak fluent English
* Remedial English, reading, or math course(s)
* A complete medical physical
* Any pre entry tests or classes
As stated, these are just a few secondary requirements that you may encounter, depending upon the state you live in. There may also be costs associated with these types of requirements, so be prepared to make your payment(s) according to instructions you are given. A Pell Grant, or student loan, may available to you. You would have to fill out a form known as the FAFSA, and within a few weeks, you will know what you qualify for, financially.
In The Trenches
As a CNA student, you are preparing to get “into the trenches”. RN’s are very important people in health care, but they do not spend as much one-on-one time with each patient as you will. In training, you will learn how to develop a great CNA and patient relationship. There are “lines” that must never be crossed, rules that are baseline for everyone, and you will learn these, and more, in no time.
The classroom instruction is where you will learn all of the technical and basic aspects of CNA’s responsibilities, but during the clinical training, you will really learn what it means to be “in the trenches”. CNA’s do the majority of the physical work involved in health care, so be prepared to be very active on a daily basis. You also must remember that the lives, and safety, of others will be in your hands, so “when can you be a certified CNA with a GED”? How about now?