Have you considered starting a career as a certified nursing assistant or CNA? You might be aware of the high demand for nurses, expected to grow 25% over the next decade, but someone with the desire to help people should not forget about nursing assistants and here’s why.
- Finishing the training needed for certification is much faster than for other areas of nursing such as LPNs and RNs. It usually takes 6 to 12 weeks of education until you’re ready for licensure by your state nursing board.
- CNA jobs are hands-on and could be just what someone wants if they desire dealing directly with patients. This includes helping a patient exercise, feed, groom, and turn. You’ll help people that need care doing their most basic needs.
- One of the fastest growing areas of the medical industry is home healthcare and CNAs are needed to work as home health aides in long-term care facilities more than ever.
- The demand for nursing assistants is even higher than the overall demand for nurses. The BLS expect another 28% more nursing assistants will be needed over the next several years.
Even if you’re not in the healthcare industry right now, it’s still a great time to start a new career as a nursing aide.