Before deciding to spend time and money on a CNA school, it’s important to know what you’ll be learning and doing during the CNA class to ensure it’s a good fit. The end goal is to prepare yourself to pass a CNA state exam and most importantly, become a good CNA in today’s growing workforce. The time spent in a CNA class can range from a few weeks to many months and costs range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. So, it’s important to know what you’ll be learning and the accreditation of the CNA school holding the CNA classes to make an informed, educated decision.
A typical CNA class has two components:
- CNA Classroom Study & Theory: This is where you learn the basics of providing care. From emergency response to medical terminology, it’s important to pay attention during CNA class time!
- Clinical Skills & Hands-on Training: Here’s where the fun begins! You’ll learn how to take vital signs, assist with patient mobility, and practice interacting with patients in a nursing facility while under the supervision of your instructor. And very importantly, you learn how to interact with patients on an emotional level. Being a caregiver is a very emotional career.
The next step after taking a CNA class is to prepare for (and pass) the CNA state test, which your may be able to do at the same place you took your class (depending on the state and location). The administrators at your school will give you further details on how to get CNA Certification
Before signing up for any CNA class, make sure to verify that the program is licensed. We’ve seen way to many scammers out there and we don’t want you to be on the receiving end!
Are you currently a home caregiver or someone who is looking to get into the healthcare field? Are you wondering what’s involved in a CNA job? Are you going to increase your caregiver pay with a CNA certificate? What’s the CNA job outlook?
Well, hey – you came to the right spot! Here’s our take on why checking out your local CNA School may be good option.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the need for nursing assistants will grow 20% over the next few years. That’s faster than average for ALL occupations.
- Thanks to modern medical technology, the average life span is being prolonged. What does that mean? It means the need for long-term care is going up. There are 8,000 Baby Boomers retiring each day!
- With hospitals feeling financial pressures, they are forced to discharge patients quickly. This leads to more admissions into healthcare facilities, and the need for more CNAs!
- People are always aging. Until someone finds the location of the fountain of youth or some sort of magic elixir, the need for senior healthcare services will always be there. How is that for job security?
- With a few months of extra schooling, you’ll qualify for a broader spectrum of caregiver jobs, and give yourself a shot at a a better rate of pay for CNAs. The average difference in hourly wages between CNAs and Caregivers is about $2.29. That’s close to $204,000 in your lifetime, definitely enough to cover the spread of attending CNA School.
Overall, the CNA job outlook is soaring and if you’re looking to grow a career in the caregiving space or even further your education to become an RN, CNA school makes sense for a lot of people. Further, there are CNA programs that you can complete in just a few short weeks.
Seriously considering becoming a licensed CNA? Keep your eyes peeled for a new guide – to be announced soon!
Already a CNA? Click here for some tips on the perfect resume for a CNA or CNA interview tips.
Where do CNAs work? It’s a question with many answers.
If you’re pursuing a CNA job, you’re likely to find yourself working in one of the following environments:
- In a Senior’s home, assigned through a senior home care agency (many of our CNA jobs fall into this category)
- In a Senior’s home, a job you found directly and not through an agency (we personally don’t believe in this model — it’s not best for the senior and CNAs tyically don’t get benefits and insurance if not working for an agency)
- Assisted Living Facilities (many of our CNA jobs are here, too)
- Nursing Homes (many of CNA jobs are within nursing homes)
- Local Clinics
- Doctor Offices
- Nursing Homes
- Hospices (we have a few CNA Hospice Jobs as well)
- Urgent Care Centers
Depending on where a CNA works, CNA duties vary. Although there are few fundamental CNA duties, daily tasks vary greatly by type of employer and the unique needs of a patient.
Where do CNAs work at myCNAjobs?
If you’re exploring CNA jobs with home care agencies, nursing homes, and assisted living communities, be sure to apply for a job with us! Our CNAs work all over the country, including major cities, suburban areas, and even out in the country. So no matter what your preference in terms of where to work as a CNA, chances are we have a CNA job if you’re a compassionate and dependable person that’s looking to grow a career in the CNA field. We don’t hire CNAs directly – employers leveraging our suite of recruiting tools will hire you directly (and we work with top companies nationwide).
You can find the latest CNA jobs here: FIND CNA JOBS
You can apply for CNA jobs here: CNA JOB APPLICATION
Ok, ladies. We’ve heard a few complaints about CNA scrubs recently. In light of this, here’s our take on the biggest CNA scrub no-nos.
Cover your “girls”
Breasts can be intimidating to the elderly and not everyone enjoys looking at them as much as you do. We vote for higher neck scrubs as an easy fix. No V-necks and stay away from scoop neck scrubs all together.
Keep it clean
CNA scrubs can get all out dirty…and quickly! There’s no getting around it. Keep a Tide stick on-hand and wash your CNA scrubs right after work.
Fitted Yet Flowing
Too tight scrubs aren’t flattering. And more importantly, they fall in the “cover your girls” category—keep tight wear for your personal time.
Don’t share your “behind”
Thongs are great. However, don’t share them with the world when you bend over. Do a quick bend test in the mirror to ensure your behind is staying private.
And in all seriousness, these are important tips. You’ll get more respect and viewed in a much more professional light by your peers, patients, and supervisors if your appearance is polished.
Any other CNA scrub blunders we missed? Or for fun, have you fallen victim to any of the above? Share your CNA scrub horror story!
We’re often asked about the standard “caregiver job description”. Well, it varies. It’s highly dependent upon the unique needs of the patient.
Some of our caregiver jobs are for live-in positions in a home with a patient that has a hard time getting around and can’t remember anything in the past few years. Other caregiver and CNA jobs are non live-in positions and may simply serve as more of a companion role with light grooming and housekeeping duties to keep a senior on their toes for a bit longer!
Although caregiver job descriptions vary greatly, here are a few common themes that you can find in most all caregiver job descriptions:
- Meal planning and preparation
- Assistance getting around – sometimes this means around the house and sometimes it could mean getting to/from an appointment
- Being a good companion and conversationalist
- Keeping the house tidy
- Grooming assistance
When evaluating a caregiver or CNA job, it’s important to inquiry about the status of the patient, including physical needs. Given there’s a lot of variety in a caregiver job description, you have options when it comes to finding the perfect patient.
Other resources you may find valuable:
How Much Do Caregiver Make
Caregiver Responsibilities when caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient
Caregiver Job Application
CNA Job Application
In a recent article by Mercury News, caregiver and nursing students in Los Angeles strapped on “age suits” to simulate the aches, pains, and life of an elderly patient.
The “age suits” were designed using cutting-edge weight and pulley systems, forcing younger students to feel as if they had osteoporosis, arthritis, loss of dexterity, and even vision loss.
As we talked around the myCNAjobs water cooler this morning (yes, we have water cooler!), we couldn’t help but fall in love with this concept.
We can’t think of a better way to help caregivers and CNAs understand and empathize with the various aliments an elderly patient may experience. Being a caregiver is a tough, tough, tough job. Often times, patients can get crabby (and downright mean).
To us, this was a good reminder that the elderly have it really tough, too. Can you image being in pain 24/7, unable to see as clearly has you did for fifty years, and unable to move as swiftly as those around you?
So as you apply for caregiver jobs or work in the trenches as a caregiver now, remember one thing when go for your next caregiver interview or off to work….empathy!
What do you think caregivers? Would you test out a suit like this? What do you think you’d learn from it?
P.S. We’re trying to order one for our Chicago headquarters…come visit us and try it out soon!
Other articles you may be interested in:
CNA Interview Guide
Caregiver and CNA Pay Guide
Pocket Guide: How to Be a Caregiver
Greetings to our beloved caregiving community. We’re currently working with a major publication to publish an article around key tips and guidelines to follow when traveling with a parent or patient with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s.
Here’s the down low of what we’re trying to get to the heart of:
- When did you travel? Where? Bonus points if was on a cruise (we know, this is a needle in a haystack!)
- What tips can you provide to fellow caregivers to ensure a successful trip? What worked well for you? What didn’t? Were there any services that made for a pleasant trip?
- Would you be willing to talk to the media or myCNAjobs for a brief phone interview
Please leave your tips, advice, and stories below. When commenting, use an email address that you can be reached at for more information. If you prefer not to leave your story below, contact us at info (at) myCNAjobs.com.
Thank you, all! We look forward to hearing about your experiences.
- the myCNAjobs recruitment squad
A CNA resume is great way to showcase your education, experience and skills. When crafting a resume specifically for CNA jobs, there are a five things you should always include:
1) Contact information. It may seem like an obvious piece of information, but it’s an important one. Be sure to include your full name, email address, phone number and address. Always double check your contact information for accuracy and use a professional email address. Most people use a combination of their first and last name for a professional email address (avoid emails with words like cutie, chic, babe, etc).
2) Mission statement. This should go at the top of your CNA resume after the contact information. Craft a personalized mission statement briefly explaining why you want to be a CNA and what you want out of the position you are applying for.
3) Education and certifications. As a CNA, be sure to highlight your education. List where you got your CNA certification and your date of graduation (month and year will suffice). Include any other relevant certifications, like CPR or first aide.
4) Relevant experience. Be sure to include other homecare jobs on your CNA resume. Also list any relevant, unpaid positions like babysitting or volunteering at a hospital or assisted living community.
5) Dates of past employment. Along with your relevant experience, note the dates of employment with every position (again, month and year is enough info). Hiring managers want to see how long you were employed at your previous positions and if there are any gaps in your employment record.
Questions about writing a CNA resume? Leave us a comment!
If you’re considering caregiver jobs and homecare jobs, it’s important to ask “how much do caregivers make?” Being well-versed in what’s normal for caregiver pay helps develop an understanding of the industry and what you can expect on the job.
An overview of caregiver pay
On average, caregiver pay ranges from $7.89 to $14.20 per hour, with a median rate of $9.25 per hour. Caregiver pay varies by state, city, the employing agency, and level of experience. Generally, caregivers in cities earn more than those in small towns due to cost of living factors.
Increasing caregiver pay
Caregiver pay can be increased through completing additional caregiver training or certifications. Many caregivers often become certified nurse assistants (CNA) to make more money. CNA pay ranges from $8.55 to $16.62, with the average rate at $11.54. The raise may seem small, but over a year or lifetime, the extra pay adds up.
Consider intangibles of caregiver pay
When wondering, “How much do caregivers make?” it’s important to consider other factors in pay such as health insurance, paid time off and other benefits. These offerings are important to consider in a pay package when researching caregiver jobs and homecare jobs, as they contribute to your overall take-home pay and quality of life.
Have questions about how much caregivers make? Let us know!
This is an excerpt from a Comprehensive Caregiver and C.N.A. Interview Guide.
DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE GUIDE HERE (IT’S FREE…AND AWESOME).
Now that you have an interview set up, you’re probably wondering what some common interview questions for caregivers are. Jump over to our Interview Guide and let’s take a look at three toughies and how to answer them:
1) Tell me about yourself.
This one often throws people for a loop, but it’s actually one of the easiest interview questions for caregivers. The key is to stay focused on the caregiver job that you’re applying for. This is the perfect opportunity to say why you want to be a caregiver, what you love about working homecare jobs, how long you have been in this industry, and any relevant education. Avoid talking about your personal life since it doesn’t pertain to the job.
2) Why do you want to work at this specific home care agency?
Preparation comes in handy when answering those tricky interview questions for caregivers. Do a little research about the home care agency where you’re applying. What draws you to this specific agency (other than they are hiring—don’t mention that!) and what makes it desirable over other places? Maybe your grandmother was a client there or their mission statement stands out. Hiring managers love to see caregiver applicants who are interested, so show that you are looking for more than a job.
3) Tell me about a time you worked with a difficult client.
Behavioral questions are always the hardest interview questions for caregivers, since they require you to recall a past experience. Be prepared to share a story that highlights your problem solving and customer service skills—attributes that will be helpful for your next caregiver job. Remember to stay focused and don’t ramble; you story should have a beginning, middle and end.
Need more examples of common interview questions for caregivers? Check out more questions and sample answers in our e-book, “The Untold Caregiver and CNA Interview Guide,” which is part of myCNAjobs.com’s caregiver training packages.
What’s the toughest question you’ve ever been asked during your caregiving career?