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New Jersey Caregiver Training

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We all know well by now that every state in the US has a set of requirements for different kinds of caregivers (PCAs, HHAs, CNAs) to meet. This is no different in the state of NJ where there are a growing number of caregiver jobs and a need for people who have these qualification to fill positions all over the state. That’s why I’ve made it my goal to familiarize you with the details of New Jersey Caregiver Training.

Caregiver-companions in New Jersey have no formal state caregiver training requirements. This is an example of a scenario in which you will want to check with your potential hiring agency to see what training they specifically require of caregivers and companions. Just because the state doesn’t have set requirements does not mean private agencies don’t either. It never hurts to ask!

According to New Jersey Caregiver Training, Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides are both required to successfully complete a state-accredited program. Only CNAs are required to then complete 12 hours of CEs annually.

That’s if for New Jersey Caregiver Training, but stay tuned for New Mexico and if you missed last week, check out New Hampshire Caregiver Training here.

The Road to Becoming A CNA

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Here’s some questions I know you’ve all been asking:

How does one become a CNA? . . . What signs does life give you that this is your path? . . . What does the journey to Certified Nursing Assistant look like in GIFs?

 

We have the answers . . .

 

1. Even as a child, you were displaying signs of your coming CNA greatness.

 

2. But maybe you didn’t exactly figure out your career path right away.

But maybe you didn’t exactly figure out your career path right away.

3. One day, it hits you! You’re meant to care! You’re meant for a CNA job!

One day, it hits you! You’re meant to care! You’re meant for a CNA job!

4. CNA school begins and at first you’re like . . .

CNA school begins and at first you’re like . . .

5. But then you’re a little more like . . .

But then you’re a little more like . . .

6. After a full day of work and CNA classes . . .

After a full day of work and CNA classes . . .

7.Yet one fine day, you pass the state exam.

Yet one fine day, you pass the state exam.

8. And your career begins!

And your career begins!

Need more GIFs? Check out The Experience of CNA School (in GIFs).

A Sneak Peek Into The Lives of Hospice CNAs

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A lesser discussed profession in the nursing world are Hospice CNAs. We frequently hear of Certified Nursing Assistants in home care, assisted living, nursing homes . . . but not too often do we hear about working as a hospice CNA. I wonder if that’s because it’s such a uniquely challenging area to work in. End of life care is not an easy speciality to work in day-in and day-out. Great caregivers get attached to their clients and their families, therefore the nature of hospice care makes for a lot of pain and grief.

 

But it’s not all bad! There is something uniquely beautiful about being instrumental in making the last days of someone’s life as good as possible. There is something lovely about comforting patients and their families as they say goodbyes. There is something powerful about ushering a soul out of this world with love and care. Hospice CNA jobs allow for that experience like none other.

 

I recently read an uplifting story about Connie Marshall, a long-time Hospice CNA with a passion for end of life care. Her story isn’t depressing our dark, but rather full of joy and life. Read more about Connie and her patients here to get a taste of a real-life Hospice CNA job.

 

A very real risk involved in being a hospice CNA is caregiver burnout. Over time, the stress of witness death and grief can cause even a great caregiver to shut down and close up. Learn more about the risks and science behind caregiver burnout risks and methods of counteracting it in our blog In The News: Caregiver Burnout is REAL!

 

Hospice CNAs play an essential and important role in our health care system. It takes a special kind of person, and we here are myCNAjobs are very grateful for those types of people. If you’ve had hospice experience, comment and tell us your story!

Caretaker Jobs: How To Be The World’s Best

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First off – let’s eliminate some confusion. What’s the difference between caregiver job and a caretaker job? Well, nothing really! A caregiver is just a more modernized version of the word caretaker. Most hiring agencies will advertise for caregivers, rather than caretakers, but they would have the same job description.

 

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about how to be the world’s best caretaker! Working as a caretaker is a lifechoice that implies a dedication to caring for others. The simple decision to enter the field is noble, but that’s not enough! Everyday one must strive to become the world’s best professional caregiver – because your clients deserve your very best.

 

What does that look like in an average caretaker job? It means taking no shortcuts when becoming a caregiver. It means taking caregiver training seriously and working to become truly competent in your work, knowing how to deal with challenges that crop up every single day. It means never becoming complacent and bored in your work, but always reminding yourself of the importance and significance of each day of work. It means using resources like the Caregiver Activity Guide to find new, fun, exciting ways to bond with and entertain your clients. It may even mean pursuing the education for becoming a CNA to further serve the elderly community with an increased skill set.

 

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln said that and he was so right. If you’re a caregiver, be a good one. Don’t do things half-heartedly. Put all you’ve got into it and experience the joys of making a difference in another person’s life!

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out these 10 Amazing Caregiver Job Quotes – where I took Mr. Lincoln’s quote from. ;)

CNA Program: Study Tips!

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This blog goes out to all the folks currently enrolled in CNA classes and anticipating the CNA exam.

 

Some CNA programs are excellent at arming their students with the knowledge, information and skills needed to successfully pass the state CNA exam. Becoming a CNA requires not only competency in the field, but also an aptitude for standardized tests (since everyone has to pass a state mandated exam to practice as a Certified Nursing Assistant). If you’re enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant program and your state nurse aide exam is approaching and you’re still feeling unprepared, we’re here to help! Here are 5 helpful study tips for the CNA exam!

 

1. Know the content on the test! – The first and most important step is to be aware of the questions you’ll be asked on the exam. Not all programs for CNAs include practice nurse aide exams, so be sure to get your hands on one yourself! Read it through and be aware of the topics and skills covered. Keep in mind that there will be both WRITTEN and PRACTICAL portions of the exam.

 

2. Find your best study method! – Everyone is different. Some people need to study in a group, others need total solitude. I personally need someone to quiz me. Recognize the way you learn best and utilize techniques that play to your personal strengths! Look over all your information from nursing assistant classes and recopy your notes, put the information into a song, make flashcards, do whatever you need to retain the information. And seek to retain it long-term – you’ll need it during your first CNA job.

 

*Pro-tip: If you’re a flashcard person, check out Quizlet, where you can make your own or share other people’s digital flashcards!

 

3. Don’t forget about the practical exam – Many students get caught up in studying for the written exam and completely forget to practice their hands-on CNA training. Remember your clinical experiences and practice those with a friend. Have one of you be the patient, the other the CNA, and then switch! You’ll be asked to carry out basic nursing skills and direct, non-medical patient care. The more you’ve practiced, the less nervous you’ll feel, the better you’ll preform!

 

Hope these tips have been helpful for all you folks in CNA programs! Study well and good luck on your CNA exams! Test yourself with a mini-practice exam in our blog called 10 Things You May Be Asked on Your CNA Exam.

Not enrolled in a CNA program yet? Find the best programs near your home with our easy-to-use CNA Class Finder.

CNA Programs – On A Budget

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So you want to advance your caregiver career with a certification? Or take your first step into the nursing field? Or join one of the fastest growing careers in the nation? You need to take CNA classes! But here’s the catch – you’re on a pretty tight budget and you just can’t swing a $1,000 tuition fee right now. First of all, let me just say as a newly graduated college student, I hear you. Second of all, let me tell you finding a good AND affordable CNA program IS POSSIBLE, even on your budget! Let me offer some practical suggestions and tips for affording Certified Nursing Assistant Programs.

 

1. Check multiple schools in the area – Don’t just assume that the first nursing assistant classes you ran across are the best/most affordable option! Look around, compare program costs, ask each place about scholarships and grants they offer. Check places like local nursing homes, the American Red Cross, vocational schools, community colleges, or even local high schools. You’re sure to be surprised at what you find.

 

1. Scholarships – Suppose you find the most affordable program in your area and it’s still not really cutting it. Consider digging around for scholarships. They may be offered by local nursing facilities (with an agreement that you work for them). The American Red Cross has a stipend program in place in most of their locations. Or scholarships may be offered by folks like us here at myCNAjobs! Check out our Nursing CNA Scholarship opportunities and apply today!

 

2. Free programs – It’s true; free programs for CNAs do exist! Becoming a CNA can cost nothing at all if you look in the right places. One of the most common examples is nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other clinics that pay for CNA training in order to keep the graduates on staff as employees after the course ends. (See our news blog on a recent example of this: LA Nursing Homes Offering Free CNA Job Training.) Additionally, many programs for special groups (minorities, low-income, single-mothers, veterans, etc.) are available through churches, community centers, and other non profit organizations. (Read about an example of this in our blog CNA Class Graduates.)

Don’t give up hope on finding the right CNA program for you! Keep searching for the most affordable option – it might not jump right out at you, but you’ll find it. For a list of CNA schools in your area, use our handy-dandy CNA Class Finder. As always, good luck from the myCNAjobs team!

What You Can Expect From A Great CNA Program

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If you’re in the market for a great CNA program, you’re gonna want to keep reading this blog!

 

When it comes to Certified Nursing Assistant programs, there is absolutely nothing worse than coming out of a course thinking, “Well, that’s not really what I was looking for.” Excellent CNA training will leave you feeling prepared and ready to take on CNA jobs in the field. Let me help you prevent that awful scenario by highlighting the 5 qualities you can expect from great programs for CNAs.

 

1. A thorough survey of the basics of nursing – In any Nursing Assistant classes worth taking, there should be a pretty wide range of nursing topics covered. It’s essential that you come out understanding the fundamentals of the human body and health, and how to properly communicate with a nurse who has this basic set of skills and knowledge. Topics included in most good CNA programs include introductory anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, charting techniques, infection prevention, and collecting vital signs. Many other topics will be included but theses are typically considered “must-haves” of CNA schools.

 

2. A good instructor to student ratio – It’s important that you not be one in class of fifty with only one instructor if you’re someone who wants to be able to get extra help, ask questions, or receive one-on-one time with your instructor. The better the instructor/student ratio, the more personalized the material will be and the more prepared students are for the state exam and real-life CNA careers.

 

3. Hands-on clinicals – Hands-on experience in a controlled setting is a huge key to successfully becoming a CNA. The classroom learning is an essential part of the process, but in order to be truly prepared to CNA jobs, students need to put their knowledge to practical use in a clinical setting. Great CNA programs put students in real nursing facilities and supervise them as they care for patients. Be sure this is included in your CNA course!

 

4. High pass rates – Let’s face it, it’s pretty important to pass the state nurse aide exam after completing your CNA classes. If you don’t, well . . . you aren’t certified! So it’s important to ask your potential CNA school what their pass rates are for the CNA exam. For example, a 60% pass rate isn’t so hot, and a 90% pass rate is pretty darn good!

 

5. High job acquisition rates – Many CNA schools have job acquisition programs in place for students who pass the course and are looking for jobs. This can be a huge help for students; you don’t have to start a job search from scratch, but rather have experts to point you in the right direction. Truly great CNA programs will have this system in place – be sure to ask!

 

Wondering where to start the CNA school search process? Try the incredibly simple and effective CNA Class Finder, where you simply enter your zip code to reveal all the state-approved CNA schools in your area.

Already in CNA school and thinking about the future? What’s one the state exam? How can I get ready? Check out our blog called 10 Things You May Be Asked On Your CNA Exam and get prepared!

Working As A Caregiver and CNA In Seattle

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Seattle, Washington – home to hipsters, amazing coffee shops, rainy days, beautiful scenery, and Sleepless In Seattle. A lesser known fact, this area is also home to some incredible Seattle caregiver job opportunities!

 

This week we’re exploring what it’s like to work as a caregiver, CNA, or HHA in Seattle, WA. As the elderly populations grows in the city, more and more companies are realizing the high demand to acquire the best-of-the-best caregivers, certified nursing assistants, and personal care attendants. Because of this, Seattle Certified Nursing Assistant jobs are on the rise, and the job market is booming.

So, what’s it like working as a home health aide in Seattle? Well it depends mostly upon what type of position you want and the location of the position. If you’re interested in stepping into the market from a position of inexperience, Seattle caregiver jobs are for you. If you’re looking to put to you a certification, Seattle CNA jobs or HHA jobs would suit you.

 

You’ll find caregiver jobs with home care agencies, assisted living companies, nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care, hospice, and more! You can job hunt from any location based off your specialties and personal preferences.

 

To briefly highlight some Seattle companies who are hiring caregivers, CNAs, and HHAs, we’ve selected three out of MANY options. To check out the rest and browse through job openings, visit our Seattle CNA Jobs page.

 

1. Wiser Home Care – This locally-owned agency is in full-expansion mode as they seek to serve the elderly population in Tacoma, WA. Offering flexible hours, premium wages, holiday pay, merit-based wages and more, Wiser Home Care offers truly exciting Seattle caregiver jobs!

 

2. Visiting Angels – Visiting Angels, the fastest growing non-medical home care service in the country is another great place to find Seattle CNA jobs, HHA jobs, and caregiver-companion jobs. Experience the career growth available through a nationwide company who also cares deeply about its employees. Check out Visiting Angels’ Seattle caregiver jobs here.

 

3. Comfort Keepers – With locations all over the US, Comfort Keepers has experience and the reputation of being an excellent home care provider. With opportunities throughout the Washington area, you’re sure to find caregiver job with Comfort Keepers that fits your abilities and needs.

 

Depending on the job you’re seeking, you may need to consider the standards and requirements of Washington Caregiver Training. Be sure your qualifications are up-to-date with the job you’re attempting to secure!

Remember, if you’re not from Seattle, you can always browse through CNA and caregiver jobs in your area. Wondering what it’s like to work as a caregiver in a state other than WA? Check out our blog on Working as a Caregiver in Idaho!

Stay at Home Jobs (Caregiver, CNA, HHA)

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Stay at Home is number one in the compassionate in-home care market, providing a variety of senior care options with passion and sensitivity. Caregivers work in client’s homes assisting with daily living activities and enabling them to be independent as well as comfortable. They offer family members peace of mind in knowing their loved one is looked after and cared for well.

 

Where can you find Stay at Home caregiver jobs? 
A few different states are home to CNA jobs at Stay at Home. Caregivers, personal care aides, and home health aides work in the homes of senior clients, whenever they may be living.

 

Why should you work as a caregiver for Stay at Home?
Stay at Home home health aide jobs offer caregivers a close-knit community with both staff and clients, creating a very encouraging and supportive work space. Additionally, caregivers receive the chance to develop a meaningful, rewarding career in healthcare.

 

Apply for Stay at Home Jobs:
To apply for Stay at Home caregiver jobs, see their company website. Additionally, you can search local caregiver / CNA / HHA Jobs in your area and fill out one caregiver job application which allows you to be considered for all open positions nearby.

 

Want to learn about other types of home care jobs? Download the full home care job guide.

 

Seniors Helping Seniors Home Care Jobs (Caregiver, CNA, HHA)

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Seniors Helping Seniors is a fairly typical home care agency with a twist – all its caregivers are also seniors! They offer services such as cooking, housekeeping, companionship, gardening, and transportation. The benefit is that both caregiver and client are in similar stages of life and relate easily and naturally. Clients can receive as much or as little assistance as they’d like, and caregivers are available at all times.

 

Where can you find Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver jobs? 
If you’re a senior interested in home care, you can find CNA jobs at Seniors Helping Seniors in various locations throughout the country. Senior caregivers work in the homes of senior clients wherever they are located.

 

Why should you work as a caregiver for Seniors Helping Seniors?
Seniors Helping Seniors home health aide jobs help caregivers to supplement their income with rewarding, meaningful work. They require no experience, just lots of heart.

 

Apply for Seniors Helping Seniors Jobs:
To apply for Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver jobs, go through their company website! You can also search local caregiver / CNA / HHA Jobs in your area and fill out one caregiver job application which allows you to be considered for all open positions in your area.

 

Want to learn about other types of home care jobs? Download the full home care job guide.

 

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