CNAs give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses, doctors, and other medical staff. Since aides have extensive daily contact with each patient, they are the key to providing vital information on the patients' conditions to the nurse and doctor. Most CNAs agree that it is one of the most rewarding challenges that a person in the healthcare industry can undertake.

Tell me a little about you CNA Training Course.
CNS Academy for Healthcare Professionals offers a two part Certified Nurse Assistant training program.
CNA Training Program Part 1: The first part of our certified nurse assistant training program takes place in the classroom. During classroom training, students will learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures, audio video, and hands-on demonstrations. We are proud of the excellent education you will receive at our school. Our instruction is second to none.
CNA Training Program Part 2:Upon completion of the classroom training students will begin the second part of the program which consists of clinical training. During clinical training students will work directly with patients in a health care facility. You will be supervised by a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse who, is a staff member of our school and is also licensed by the State of Massachusetts Department of Education as a Primary Nurse Assistant Instructor. Each Registered Nurse Instructor will never have more than 10 students. This assures personalized instruction. During your externship you will work side by side with other aides, nurse and medical professionals. You will learn what working as a certified nurse assistant is all about.

Where are CNAs Employed?
Most CNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, and in private homes. Many CNAs choose to work for Agencies who place CNAs in different long-term and short-term assignments. Many CNAs enjoy the opportunity to work in different health care settings. The above is only a few of the many employment opportunities that CNAs enjoy.

Why do I sometimes hear Certified Nurse Assistants being referred to with other titles? Is there a difference?
The official title is Certified Nurse Assistant. Instead of Assistant, Aide is commonly used in place of assistant. If you see Nurse Aid instead of Nurse Aide, this is a misspelling. When you first graduate from school, you are a Nurse Assistant. Upon passing your State exam you are then a Certified Nurse Assistant or Aide. The term Certified Nurse Assistant is commonly abbreviated as CNA. NA is also used to refer to Nurse Assistant/Aide. It is common to see plurals, and suffixes added to the title, examples are: Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Nurse's Assistant.

Is a Home Health Aide, (HHA) the same as a Certified Nurse Aide?
No, a Home Health Aide, abbreviated as HHA is the person who cares for the sick or bedridden patients in their home. To become an HHA requires much less education than a CNA. Many HHAs take the CNA course to upgrade their skills and pay. CNAs, if they wish, can work as a HHA, but an HHA cannot work as a CNA.

If I want to be a LPN or RN, is the CNA a good course to take?
YES !! Many graduate students have gone on to be both LPNs and RNs. Our CNA course is a great opportunity to enter the health field in a short time, and at a low cost. After working as a CNA, you will be around many professionals who can help guide you. Also, many students go on to other allied health careers, such as Medical Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant or Occupational Therapy Assistants to mention a few.

Can I work as a CNA in another State?
Yes, you need to apply for CNA RECIPROCITY to work as a CNA in that State.

What is CNA reciprocity?
By Federal and State Laws, you must pass a State prescribed CNA course and also pass a CNA test in order to work as a CNA in a nursing home. You also cannot work as a CNA in a nursing home in any state unless you are approved by that state. If you are a CNA in Massachusetts and want to work as a CNA in another state, you will need to request reciprocity. This means that you are asking the new state to recognize your CNA approval granted to you by the state of Massachusetts.

What are some of the duties of a CNA?
Duties of the CNA vary widely from facility to facility. In some nursing homes, a CNA is not required to make beds; non-certified staff are hired to make beds and deliver foods/snacks. In other facilities, CNAs are hired just for showers/baths- freeing up others to do the other personal care tasks. Typically, the CNA is given an assignment of residents he/she is responsible for providing care for during the shift worked. Sometimes this assignment has "easy" and "difficult" residents: A few residents may be independent with their needs, and other will require total care. This is done in an effort to make it a little easier for the CNA to manage their time and workloads. Total care residents are those who require help with most of their daily tasks, such as: eating, toileting, bathing, transferring. Often these residents are incontinent, need to be fed, require assistance from two CNA staff to be lifted, wear diapers and need special seatbelts and other safeguards to keep them safe. In some facilities, it is the CNA who maintains the dining rooms and unit kitchens. In others facilities the CNA are not required to do housekeeping tasks at all.

Is CNS Academy for Healthcare Professionals, Inc. a College or University?
No, CNS Academy For Healthcare Professionals, Inc. is not a College or University. We are a licensed and accredited Career School. College and Universities are designed to give long training and a degree. Students enroll with us because they are not interested in going to a College. A College or University offers a program two to four years.