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Still Deciding on Your Career Path? Leading Reasons to Become a Certified Nursing Assistant

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If you’re not sure what you want to do in the healthcare field, working as a certified nursing assistant, or CNA, is a great place to start.

CNAs are among the most important members of patient care teams. Nurses and others depend on them for multiple responsibilities including vital signs, tests, and their general observations on patient conditions.

Becoming a CNA requires certification, not a degree. This makes the role among the most affordable of entry-level healthcare jobs, and one which can be attained within less than three months. And, both job growth and salary levels for CNAs are on a steady rise throughout the U.S.8

Choose Your CNA Job

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20 percent increase in the number of CNAs needed in the workforce by 2020. Along with this, salary growth expectations stand at 19 percent.

  • Median U.S. salaries for CNAs are listed at $24,000 to $26,000. If you work full time, you will actually earn about 25 percent more than your base salary, when you factor in benefits such as life, health, dental and vision insurance; paid vacation and holidays; and possibly even retirement contributions and tuition or childcare assistance, depending on your employer.

More than Just Money

In addition to its affordability, there are numerous other pluses to being a certified nursing assistant. These include:

  • Schedule flexibility: Some CNAs work weekdays during daytime hours; for example, those on private clinic staffs. Others opt for nights, weekends or other schedule variations. Whatever working schedule suits your lifestyle, you can likely find a CNA job that fits it.
  • Job satisfaction: Every day on the job, a CNA makes a difference in the lives of patients and their loved ones. Strong patient/caregiver relationships often develop. For example, many CNAs work with older patients who require care throughout their lifetime.
  • Opportunities to specialize: Your work as a CNA can be the first step to becoming a licensed practical or vocational nurse, or a registered nurse. It will be easier for you to gain access to various specialty programs, as you demonstrate that you already have solid clinical experience. This experience may even be classified as transferable credit in both nursing and non-nursing areas.
  • Ease of changing careers: Even if you decide health care is not for you, it will be easy to change careers, because your CNA experience will enable you to develop important soft skills that are easily transferable to other fields.

If you can see yourself entering the healthcare business as a certified nursing assistant, contact the expert hiring team at MedicalPros Recruiting + Staffing – and search our jobs page for current CNA openings in the Spokane region. We can help you jump-start your career today.

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