One can enter the medical profession without becoming a doctor. That can be done by attending the certified nurse assistant classes and becoming a certified nurse assistant. In this we will read more about how to become a nurse assistant and the eligibility requirements to join certified nurse assistant classes, what are the topics that will be covered in the certified nurse assistant classes, duration of the certified nurse assistant classes, competency test and certification and finally the job prospects once you complete the certified nurse assistant classes.
To join these classes basic qualification is sufficient. Prospective nurse assistants must have a minimum qualification which is high school diploma. The other qualification is the student should be patient and compassionate to handle the sick and injured patients. If the above conditions are satisfied then the assistant is the right career option.
Duration of the course
The duration of the course differs from institute to institute. There are institutes that offer weekend classes for those who are already employed. Minimum of three weeks training should be attended if the student joins a full time class. On the other hand if the student joins a part time class then the student should attend minimum eight weeks of training. In any case the duration is not very long.
Topics covered in the classes
The certified nurse assistant classes comprises of both classroom session and practical session which is having hands on training to deal with patients. The training is given by a registered nurse. The practical training session includes training the student in ambulation assistance, oral care, bedpan use, feeding, dressing, giving a bed bath, serving water and food, nail care, performing motion exercises. Once this is done the classroom session begins. The classroom session will consist of the following study of basic anatomy, study of the function of the body and structure of the body, study about infection control, CPR, nutrition, communication skills, documentation skills, learning medical terminology.
Once the certified nurse assistant classes are over, to get the certification the student has to clear the competency test. The test also consists of a written and practical session. In the written session questions will be asked on subjects and matters that are dealt in the class. The practical session will consist of dealing with the patients directly under the supervision of a registered nurse or a Licensed practical nurse. Here the supervisors might ask the student to do anything from changing the bedpan to weighing the patient. They might even notice minute details as to whether the student washes the hand properly, whether student does the job in a neat and orderly manner, whether the student is attentive and patient etc. It is vital to clear both the writing and the practical test to obtain the certification. Once the student clears the test they get the certificate that they are a certified assistant.
After completing the certified nurse assistant class and after obtaining the certificate the nurse can practice in any hospitals or private homes or any other medical facility. The salary structure depends on the experience and place of employment.