If you have always wanted to be a CNA, why don’t you get your training through the Red Cross? Affordable classes are offered by this organization for anyone interested in working in health care, and are open to people everywhere. The classes are comprehensive and will prepare the students to work in one of many settings in a very short time. Hospitals, nursing homes, and private care all need someone with CNA certification to work in their facilities.
Prerequisites for CNA Enrollment
There are some prerequisites that must be met before you can officially enroll in the CNA classes offered by the Red Cross. Many states make it mandatory for any student to attend an orientation class before starting their schooling. This is just to give you an overview of what the program is about, and be aware that you must be able to pass a reading test, also. If you have not been a resident of your state for more than 2 years, there is also a required criminal background check in addition to an FBI check.
Students are required to take and pass a physical, and this also includes a 2 part Mantoux test. If you are pregnant your doctor must give you permission to take the classes simply because you are going to be standing for long periods of time and need to be able to push between 30 to 50 pounds. CNA work is strenuous and demanding. I also have to state that you must be at least 16 years old to take enroll in the CNA program. There are also tuition fees associated with the program, but they can be split into 3 payments if necessary. You may also be eligible to receive a grant from your state to pay for part of the fee, or in some circumstances, all of it.
Once enrolled, your classes will teach you the basics of personal care (which would include how to bathe and/or feed a patient,) how to take vitals (blood pressure, temperature, respiration,) how to lift correctly when transferring the patient, and how to respond in any emergency situation. You will also learn how to correctly document notes in each patients’ chart. Becoming a CNA is a stepping stone if you plan on furthering your career in the nursing field, and an ideal way to learn the basics.
The Red Cross CNA training program is a well-respected and equally well-known course of study that instills in each student the ability to administer quality care to the patient they are responsible for. Classes involve 160 hours of intensive training, practice, and lab simulation. Students can participate in either a 4-week day program, or take their classes at night for 6 weeks. Instruction is given in a realistic setting, and since the classes are usually small students need not worry about being left behind if they do not understand something.
Of course some students may not be able to attend “traditional” classes and may want to enroll online for the CNA program. The Red Cross understands this, and classes are offered online and may be completed in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. If this is how you choose to participate, upon completion of your course you must get in touch with the department of health and arrange to do a clinical rotation before you officially graduate.
Well, now you know that becoming a CNA through the Red Cross of America is entirely possible, and just another way the organization strives to help people. Contact your local Red Cross chapter to learn more about this great career opportunity.