The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 sets minimum standards for CNA Training. This federal legislation require that CNA classes consist of at least 75 hours of training including a minimum of 16 hours of clinical training. Many states have chosen to require additional hours in their CNA classes and clinical training. The District of Columbia and 30 other states have extended the minimum number of hours they require to as many as 180 hours.
The need for qualified caregivers is in great demand as the elderly population grows. Certified Nursing Assistants provide hands-on care to those who are unable to care for themselves. They ensure the safety and comfort of the patient in their care and work primarily under the direction of a nurse.
To receive a CNA certification individuals must complete and pass both written and skills portion of a state approved CNA training exam. Some states require completed fingerprint cards, an ID photo, proof of immunization, as well as state and federal background checks.
To enroll in a CNA class applicants should have a desire to help people and a willingness to work hard. Applicants should be responsible, compassionate, patient, emotionally stable with a good personality.
Some of the topics typically covered in a CNA course include but not limited to:
- Helping patients with ADLs(activities of daily living) such as grooming, bathing, and dressing
- Monitoring as vital signs, moving patients, oral care, and infection control
- Serving meals and helping patients eat
- Assisting with range of motion exercises
- Escorting patients within the health care facility
- Reporting on changes in patient status
- Communication and documentation skills