You have now finally decided to start your career in health care field by getting employed in a health care facility. But, are you aware that to work in any health care settings, you will have to complete various steps then only you will be legally permitted to work in any facility. The basic requirements to work in health care settings include completing accredited CNA Courses and clinical trainings, appear and pass the competency evaluation exam and get listed with state nurse aide registry.
In United States of America including all states, the federal authorities have made it mandatory that only these CNAs can get registered with specific state Nurse Aide Registry, who have completed Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1987, (OBRA-87) and state approved CNA Courses of minimum 75 hours, that comprises of classroom course instructions and clinical hands-on experience and passed CNA Certification test.
The reason being, federal authorities are very specific about the safe and quality health care of the patients in hospitals, long term care units and other health care facilities, and a certified nurse aide must be competent enough through the knowledge and skills gained from the CNA Courses to offer safe public health in these facilities or in different health care settings.
The basic curriculum of CNA Courses comprises of instructions and training on the subjects, such as Human Anatomy because you will have to learn about the body and its motions, so you can help patients during your nursing cares. You may also have to learn about Personal Care skills, because knowledge in this subject assists you while offering washing, feeding, drinking and grooming of the patient, and for offering other types of nursing cares.
In the same way your knowledge on Basic nursing care skills instructs you on counting and measuring vital signs of the patients in different facilities, instructs on ways to collect specimen, administer injections, glucose and waters and others.
Similarly, Communication and Interpersonal skills course subject offer you instructions on the best way to communicate with disable patients, counsel patients, when you prepare them operation theater and treatment. Such skills also help you in offering emotional and psychological support to patients of all ages and their family members.
The course subject of Safe Care, Safety techniques and Infection Control procedures, teaches you on the importance of hand washing after the performance of every nursing skills, safety of the patients and the best way of infection control.
Your course curriculum also include studies of science subjects, which will assist you in understanding of digestive system, urinary system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and others.
After completion of your CNA Courses and earning of certification, you may be working in Retirement Homes, Nursing Homes, long term care units, Hospice Centers, hospitals, Day Care Centers, Old age homes, Rehabilitation centers or as home health aides. Therefore, the classroom course instruction and clinical hands-on experience has a major role in preparing you for offering different types of qualty nursing cares in these facilities.
Though, your different types of facilities work duties may be different but the knowledge gained through your training program make you competent in provided required quality and competent care in these health care centers.