The value of CNA training after high school
Graduation from high school is a call for making crucial career decisions. Due to the high estimated growth due to rising demand, one of the most rewarding career options in healthcare is a Certified Nurse Assistant. McKallen Medical Training shares some of the benefits of Certified Nurse Assistant Training after high school.
1. Job security
The 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. With the aging population of America, and chronic disease and new illnesses on the rise, a CNA would always be needed on the frontlines. In times of layoff in most industries or during a relocation, a CNA job would always be a surety. Therefore, the job security that this field offers is massive and lasting.
2. Flexible training and work hours
CNA training programs offer a lot of flexibility in terms of class lengths and timings. Candidates can choose from a variety of options as per their needs. Some accelerated programs offer classes several days per week for 3-4 weeks to help jumpstart careers soon. Other programs may offer evening or weekend courses for a longer span of time to those who have other obligations to fulfill. Some programs’ age criterion is 18 years, which enables students to complete training while they are still at high school. This helps them get started with their career as soon as high school is over.
Moreover, CNAs always have the flexibility to choose their shifts to accommodate their schedules. Night shift CNAs are high in demand and so are paid more for working the night shift. Evenings and weekend shifts as well as the traditional nine to five shifts are also available for CNAs. Part-time schedules and PRN (working as needed) positions are other options that allow even more flexibility when needed.
CNAs can negotiate and control their work hours to manage a work-life balance and mental health.
3. Affordable training
Student loan debt can be a huge burden. While average costs per year for university and state school education are rocketing sky high, CNA training is one of the most affordable options that lead to fruitful and lucrative career options. Many CNA programs offer payment plans and can work with student loans while others collaborate with potential employers to foot the bill.
Additionally, various companies are dedicated to educational advancement programs for employees through tuition assistance programs. Taking advantage of these privileges also can help build a great skill set and resume.
4. Great pay and benefits
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that CNAs earned average annual wages of $32,050 in 2020, the equivalent of $15.41 per hour. CNAs also have access to health-care benefits whether they work full-time or part-time. Some employers also offer intangible benefits like paid continuing education and tuition reimbursement.
5. Strong foundation
A CNA is a great start to a career in nursing. It offers an emotionally rewarding career as well as ample opportunity to learn and grow. CNAs have more opportunities to work with RNs and LPNs, which helps create a valuable network of colleagues and mentors. Working as a CNA helps gain valuable work experience and develop skills that can prepare a candidate for nursing school. The classwork and knowledge acquired in the CNA program and on the job also make the nursing school classes seem easier. Moreover, some nursing schools give credits for CNA programs, which may shorten the duration of study at the nursing school.
6. Opportunities to grow
As a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team, CNAs get the opportunity to work with other healthcare workers such as physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, dieticians, and social workers. These interactions expose them to new learnings and help build a great community and network. Learning first-hand about various healthcare careers, their job duties, and how each fits into the great healthcare system is valuable learning. Taking the time to fully explore the various specializations in geriatrics, psychiatry, home care, pediatrics, and cardiology helps to narrow down further career options and focus on them.
Why McKallen Medical Training?
At McKallen Medical Training, the instructors educate and prepare individuals to become healthcare professionals committed to lifelong learning, civility, and service to enhance the health and wellness of diverse communities.
McKallen Medical is committed to promoting career mobility by providing several program options to both traditional and non-traditional learners. Here are five reasons to opt for McKallen Medical Training:
- Job assistance
- Free tutoring
- Experienced instructors
- Flexible payment plan
- No waiting list
- Convenient online and classroom schedule
McKallen Medical Training is an official partner of the AMERICAN RED CROSS Nurse Assistant Training Program. Students will learn the essential skills required to fulfill the responsibilities that comprise the full spectrum of patient care, including:
- gathering vital medical information,
- maintaining a safe, clean environment,
- assisting patients with daily activities,
- and communicating vital health information about a patient’s condition to supervising RNs and LPNs and other medical staff.
This program will prepare the student for certification by the State of California as an entry-level healthcare worker.
CPR/BLS Basic Life Support class covers:
- Adult, Child, and Infant CPR
- Conscious and Unconscious Choking for victims of all ages
- AED use and special considerations
- Breathing Barriers, Bag Valve Masks, and 2 Rescuer CPR
- Cardiopulmonary Emergencies and Special Resuscitation Situations
For more information on CPR/BLS certification, call at (747) 225-6776 or email at [email protected]