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New York Nurse Aide Careers
Opportunity abounds for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). New York State is expecting a CNA shortage of 15,000 over the next four years. The current shortage means employment is likely to be available and job security is high. In New York, the average annual earnings for a nurse aide are approaching $30,000, and many workers only have a few years of experience.
There are free CNA training opportunities offered through some nursing homes in exchange for an employment commitment to that facility upon completion of CNA training and certification. Many private schools accept grants, scholarships and student loans. Most grant programs have income, property, and individual status requirements to qualify. The average cost of a CNA program ranges from $700 to $1000 in New York.
The average length of training is seven to fourteen weeks. Each program has different daily class times and course offerings. Many programs offer more than the minimal certification requirements for those inclined to pursue a more in-depth knowledge base. As with most healthcare positions, CNAs will be required to pass a thorough background check prior to receiving their license. Past difficulties are not always a bar to employment.
Once certified, a new nursing assistant may find work in any healthcare facility. Hospitals, nursing care facilities, assisted care homes, long-term care facilities, and even private homes are common places to find employment. CNAs can also work in schools, childcare centers, and various rehabilitation programs. There are on-call positions, temporary positions and self-employment opportunities available as well.
CNA Job Description
Nursing assistants support healthcare delivery by serving basic patient needs. Nursing assistants work as part of a team of health care professionals and they work under the supervision of medical doctors, registered nurses, doctor assistants or nurse practitioners. In addition to providing hygienic, feeding, and ambulatory assistance, the CNA is trained in patient monitoring. Recognizing symptoms and measuring vital signs is part of their work scope. Understanding when to alert supervisors, and what types of situations require an emergency response are also key responsibilities of a nurse aide.
There are many reasons to become a nursing assistant. Providing emotional support and high quality health care services can be very rewarding for many people. Positive patient interaction is at the center of a nursing assistant’s work and should be important to anyone considering this career choice. Being a CNA is a practical and secure occupation with many opportunities.
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New York CNA Career Training Schools
Browse our list of New York 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 York CNA Certification
1) Graduate from an approved CNA training program
2) Pass the New York CNA certification exam (must achieve passing score in the written portion and the clinical skills portion)
3) Pass the New York CNA test within 24 months of completing a nurse aide education program
How can I become a CNA in New York if I currently hold a CNA license in another state?
You can apply for a New York CNA license by way of reciprocity through the New York State Board of Nursing. If reciprocity is granted you will then need to request to be included on the New York nurse aide registry list so that your license can be verified by potential employers.
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