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6 Reasons to Receive Your CNA Certification

A certified nursing assistant in today’s healthcare system provides care giving services that provide fundamental activities of daily living for those who can no longer care for themselves.  For example,  a CNA will keeping track of a patients' vital signs and personal hygiene and appearance. 

1. Job Growth

As baby boomers age, it is expected that more and more elderly will need more care giving services. This is driving demand for caregivers to deliver services in residential settings, assisted living environments, adult day care programs as well as nursing facilities.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates the job outlook for certified nursing assistants as "excellent."
There is no shortage of care giving jobs for those who reside in the United States.

2. Flexible Schedule

CNAs in perform duties that are required on a variety of schedules. This means you are frequently allowed the option for a flexible or non-traditional work schedule. For example, you can find employment through different shifts, such as day evening or night.  You could also choose to work part time or full time or even PRN shifts.  This comes in handy allowing you to accommodate childcare duties, continuing education, or if you have other commitments.

3. Employer Variety

Being a certified nursing assistant in in the healthcare system means you have different employment routes available to you based on your work preferences. You can work in a wide variety of setting, such as 

  • Home health agencies
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Adult day programs
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Daycares
  • Schools
  • Medical Clinics

4. Gateway to Other Medical Professions
If you are considering a medical career, training to be a CNA can be a good entry point. This certification can allow you to gain experience in the field, and even to continue working, while you pursue becoming a licensed practical nurse, registered nurse, Patient Care Technician or another profession in the medical field.

5. A Career that is in High Demand

Typically there is sufficient demand for professional care givers that certified nursing assistant won’t need to travel far for work, unless they so desire. If you would like to be able to easily relocate to another state, the demand is such that you shouldn't have a problem doing so. However, training and certification requirements do vary from state to state so you will need to confirm you have the necessary training to meet other state requirements.

6. Make a Difference

And, finally, but most importantly, this health care career allows you to do work that makes a supreme difference in the lives of the people you serve. If you are a caring person who values the opportunity to help people live their lives with dignity -- this is perhaps the greatest reason to become a certified nursing assistant. 

Most people have to go to work, but there are some who just love to help others while they are earning their daily bread. They like it so much in fact that they have turned the whole thing into a good career move. Anyone who feels the same way should consider looking into a CNA certification to satisfy both their financial needs and their need to look after others too.