If you love to help others and have always wondered about a career in healthcare, becoming a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) might be the right career path for you. As a CNA, you’d play an important role on a healthcare team by assisting nurses and providing direct care to patients. If you want to enter the medical field, here are some reasons to consider the entry-level career of a CNA:
You’ll Be in Demand
Did you know that Michigan is one of the top 10 CNA employers in the entire country?1 Throughout the U.S., demand for CNAs is expected to grow faster than average through 2026. And as new healthcare facilities are constructed in Michigan, the need for qualified workers of all levels is expected to increase.
You’ll Provide Hands-On Care
As a CNA, you’ll have the important role of helping patients with basic care needs that they’re unable to perform themselves. This may include bathing, dressing, and feeding. By providing this intimate level of care, you can take pride in the fact that you will bring comfort to patients when they need it the most.
No Two Patients Are the Same
If you think that variety is the spice of life, then you will enjoy your role as a CNA. Because every patient has different needs, your role will involve a diverse set of skills. For one patient you may need to be very actively involved in daily grooming and feeding. But for another, you may just need to make sure that they get the prescribed exercise and fresh air. And just like the people in your own life are all different, your patients will be, too. They can come from all walks of life and have really interesting personalities and experiences.
You Have Options for Your Work Setting
You may find employment in a large hospital or a small, intimate, and home-like setting such as a retirement community or nursing home. Or you might work for an organization that provides in-home care. Look around and decide where you’ll feel most at ease and where you think you can do the most good.
You’ll Learn from Other Health Professionals
Your job as a CNA is to support your patients and other healthcare professionals. Those doctors, nurses, and medical assistants probably have a lot of knowledge and experience—which is great. You can learn a lot from them. You’ll be able to gain important understanding of the nursing profession and the healthcare industry. You might even decide that you future ambition is to become a medical assistant. Ask the Medical Assistants you meet what their job is like. Starting as a CNA could help you get some helpful experience before you make your next healthcare career move.
If you’re ready to begin your career as a Certified Nurse Aide, you can start by learning about your education options. At Career Quest Learning Centers, you can complete our Certified Nurse Aide program in as little as 3 weeks. Give us a call at 517-318-3330 or 517-990-9595 to schedule your campus tour today.