Join the World of Nursing in the New Year
When you were little, you probably thought there were only two medical careers: doctors and nurses. But in reality, there is an astonishing array of jobs in the field of medicine and nursing! And many of these jobs can be attained with a short-term training program that can have you ready for the job market in less than one year.
One of these possibilities is that of a nursing assistant—also called a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) or a Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA). Nursing assistant positions are entry level positions in the field of nursing. Nursing assistants are responsible for assisting patients with their basic needs. Their duties might include:
- changing bed linens
- helping a patient with personal hygiene
- checking and recording vital signs
- helping patients move from their bed to a wheelchair
- transporting patients from one place to another
- assisting the head nurse with whatever may be needed
Most nursing assistants work in nursing homes and long-term care facilities where they assist the long-term residents. Many of the patients are facing age-related issues, such as Alzheimer’s and other cognitive impairment, physical disabilities, or chronic illnesses. Working with this population can be challenging, but there are also many benefits to working in a nursing home setting.
While many healthcare workers only see patients for a few minutes at a time, a nursing assistant tends to spend more time with each patient, helping them with everything from brushing their hair to listening to their emotional concerns. In this capacity, they have an opportunity to get to know their patients over many weeks and months—this is an opportunity that many healthcare workers to do not have.
How to become a nursing assistant
If you are interested in becoming a nursing assistant, there is a good chance that this goal is within your reach. The training program can be completed in just a matter of months! And typically, the only requirements for enrolling in nursing assistant school are a high school diploma (or equivalent) and a willingness to learn. Why not take a moment and search for nursing assistant schools in your area and see what options you find!
To learn more about this field, you can visit the profile on the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to this handbook, “Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive job outlook projection is another reason to consider this career choice.
As 2017 gets off to a start, it could be time to set new career goals and consider getting training. Who knows…within six months, you could be working as a nursing assistant!
The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health operates a Licensed Nursing Assistant program at its campus in Manchester, NH. Contact us online to find out more about enrolling!