Nurse Aide Training Program (CNA Classes)
Do you have a passion for helping others? Turn that passion into a career by enrolling in CNA classes. Our nurse aide training program could lead you to a rewarding career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). By studying at Mildred Elley you can be on your way to becoming a nurse aide in as little as five weeks. The CNA training program prepares students to care for patients and work as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
Our CNA classes in Albany, NY and New York City offer comprehensive classroom instruction and hands-on training in our medical labs, where you will have the chance to learn critical healthcare skills and techniques. One of the highlights of our CNA classes is the offsite clinical experience. This essential fieldwork is where you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge from the classroom! Begin your Nurse Aide training at Mildred Elley, and be on your way to a fulfilling career in the medical field!
What is a nurse aide?
A certified nursing assistant (CNA) works under a nurse’s supervision to care for patients, usually in a residential care setting, such as a nursing home, or hospitals. CNAs, sometimes referred to as nurse’s aides, typically help patients care for their hygiene and ensure they can move about safely. They also support nurses and doctors by taking vital signs, answering patient calls, and organizing supplies.
What are Nurse Aides Trained to Do?
CNA classes will prepare a nurse’s aide to assist nurses and doctors with taking vital signs, answering patient calls, and organizing supplies. CNA’s or nurse’s aids also provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. According to the bureau of labor statistics, CNA’s typically do the following: 1
- Clean and bathe patients
- Help patients use the toilet and dress
- Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
- Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Serve meals and help patients eat 1
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Job Outlook After Completing The CNA Training Program
Before jumping into how to become a nurse aide, let’s talk about the job outlook for CNA’s. The bureau of labor statistics states that overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations 2.
Depending on where you live, you may be required to complete a certification exam. In New York State, you will be required to complete the CNA certification exam. The test features clinical skills and written/oral sections that gauge how well you are versed in essential nursing aide knowledge. Mildred Elley’s hands-on training in their medical labs will prepare you for the CNA exam by offering you real-world learning environments.
Mildred Elley CNA Training Program Overview
In our CNA training programs located across New York and Massachusetts, you could start a healthcare journey to provide much-needed personal care to the people who need it the most.
The Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) is a 120-hour non-credit bearing certificate course that prepares students to take the exam to become certified and employed as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
Students who complete the CNA classes will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide direct care to clients in a variety of settings. The NATP courses contain topics such as:
- Patient rights
- Interpersonal skills
- Clinical skills
Once you’ve successfully completed the lecture, laboratory, and clinical portions of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the CNA certification exam!
What You’ll Need to Become a Nurse Aide
Being a CNA takes a special kind of person. The BLS states that it is important to possess the following qualities: 3
- Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must listen and respond to patients’ concerns. They also need to share information with other healthcare workers.
- Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies help and care for people who are sick, injured or need aid for other reasons. They need an empathetic attitude to do their work.
- Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients may be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to complete these tasks with professionalism.
- Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They must be able to perform tasks such as lifting or moving patients 3.
If becoming a CNA seems like the right fit for you, apply to Mildred Elley’s CNA Program!
Why Choose Mildred Elley?
Attending Mildred Elley means you not only receive a quality higher education experience, but it also means you get access to the most advanced job training available. Mildred Elley also offers many different benefits for students in the CNA training program.
- Lifetime Job Placement Assistance
- Flexible School Schedule
- Approved for Veterans Education Benefits
- Free Career Assessment
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