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Complete CNA certification training in 3 months to become a licensed nursing assistant
When considering a new career be sure to research the future outlook of any position you are considering. A career in nursing is a choice that has a very bright outlook with 19% per year job growth expected through the year 2018. New Jersey CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training will provide you the skills necessary to enter this fast growing field in a relatively short amount of time.
With an average salary of $32,000 per year, New Jersey CNAs earn 9% more than the rest of the country. Jobs are plentiful in hospitals, long term nursing care facilities, assisted living homes, private home care, and hospice care organizations.
According to the NJ Department of Health and Senior Citizens there are 60 licensed schools that offer courses leading to the CNA certification. The programs require a minimum of 90 hours of course work split between 50 classroom hours and 40 hours of clinical skills training. For those who qualify, there are programs that will reimburse the entire cost of the CNA schooling if the applicant is hired by a long term care facility before, during, or within twelve months of beginning training.
After successfully completing the 5 – 8 week course, the student must pass the Nurse Aide Assessment Examination to become certified and be placed on the New Jersey state nurse registry. This exam is a test that evaluates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for a nursing assistant position. It has a written portion and a clinical skills portion and should be easily passed by applying the training received from a qualified education program.
Once hired, the duties of a CNA are numerous. Attending to patients, taking vitals, monitoring fluid input and output, and observing changes in the patient’s health situation are just a few. Other responsibilities may include helping patients with personal needs such as walking or personal grooming, changing beds, and helping the patient’s family to understand their situation.
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New Jersey CNA Career Training Schools
Browse our list of New Jersey schools that offer CNA training courses to become a certified nursing assistant. Nurse aide programs are usually offered at community colleges, junior colleges, trade schools and technical/vocational schools. Our directory includes as many CNA programs as possible, but is not complete as there may be additional CNA programs that are not listed here. Many long-term care facilities offer CNA training to current employees and trainees. In many cases these programs are not widely advertised, but can be discovered by contacting the facilities directly.
3 Steps to New Jersey CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the New Jersey CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the New Jersey CNA test within 24 months of completing a nurse aide education program
How can I become a CNA in New Jersey if I currently hold a CNA license in another state?
You can apply for a New Jersey CNA license by way of reciprocity through the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to request to be included on the New Jersey nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by potential employers.
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