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Certified Nurse Assistants are in High Demand!
Employment of Certified nursing aides is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population. Financial pressures on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible should boost admissions to nursing care facilities. As a result, job opportunities will be more numerous in nursing and residential care facilities than in hospitals. Modern medical technology also will drive demand for nursing aides because, as the technology saves and extends more lives, it increases the need for long-term care provided by certified nurse assistants.
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Below are the most commonly asked questions about our CNA Course. Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions you have.
What is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
A Certified Nursing Assistant, also called a CNA, works under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, LPN, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Doctor, Resident, or other supervisory staff as designated by the health care facility, or supervisor. A CNA provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks and works closely with patients A CNA is responsible for basic care services such as bed making, grooming and vital signs. A CNA may also assist doctors and nurses with medical procedures.
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 CNA's 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.
The Manhattan Institute offers a two part Certified Nurse Assistant training program.
CNA Training Program Part 1:
The first part of our certified nurse assistant training 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. The success of our CNA graduates speaks for itself!
CNA Training Program Part 2:
Upon completion of the classroom training students will begin the second part of the class 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, who is a staff member of our school, and is also licensed by the New York State Education Department 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.
Tell me about the Certifying exam.
When you finish with your clinical training you will be ready to take your certifying exam. The certifying exam is administered by Prometric. Prometric is an independent testing organization authorized by the State of New York to Administer the CNA exam. The exam is given in two parts. The first part is a multiple-choice exam. The second part is a practical exam, where you will have to show the evaluator your knowledge of skills learned. There is a separate charge for this exam, which is paid to the State, not to the School.
Where are CNAs Employed?
Most CNA's work in nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, and 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. Certified Nurse Aides can also work in different settings, such as schools, summer camps, agencies, education facilities, drug rehabilitation programs, agencies, and in retail stores selling home care supplies. Graduates with a business spirit, advertise their service, and work independently. 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. Other titles which you may see are: Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Technician, Nurse Technician, Nurse Tech, Resident Assistant, Caregiver, Orderly, PCA, Resident Care Giver, PCG, Assistant Nurse, or Hospital 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?
We have many graduate students who 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 Nurse Technician, MRI Tech, to mention a few.
Can out-of-state students study in your school?
Yes, we have many out-of-state students who choose to study at the Manhattan Institute. We do not charge out-of-state students higher tuition. All students pay the same price for their education. Although most of our students come from the tri-State area, and the five borough's - New York, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan. Our midtown location makes it easy for students in the tri-State area - Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. We have had students from all over the United States study with us. In fact, we have had several students from different foreign countries. Our low tuition makes it a very good alternative. Many students combine study with a vacation. New York City is a great City to visit, and even a better one when you pursue an education at the Manhattan Institute.
Can You Tell me about the New York State Exam?
After finishing your Nursing Assistant classes, and supervised externship, you are ready to take the State exam, to become certified. Most CNA's experiences with taking the test vary slightly. The majority of our students pass the exam the first time!
The New York State Certifying Nurse Assistant test is made up of two parts, written and clinical. You can bring someone with you to the test who will act as a 'model' for you to demonstrate your clinical skills on, or the school will have someone available for a small fee. The written portion of the test is everything we have covered in class. Many of our CNA students say it was mostly common sense. It is a good idea to read you book, over and over. Study your notes given during your CNA classes. You cannot study enough!!!
While taking the practical portion of the CNA test, you will be asked to demonstrate anywhere from three to five Nursing Assistant skills. You will be told at the end of the CNA exam whether or not you passed. You will find out that day if you passed the CNA exam. If you do no pass, you can re-take the test.
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 New York State 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 New York State.
How do I request CNA reciprocity?
The first step is to contact the New York State CNA registry and request an "Application for Enrollment By Reciprocity". Once you complete the form, you would send it to the CNA registry of the state which you are moving to. Depending on the state, it can take time, so plan in advance.
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. Most facilities do not have CNAs perform "service" like work, such as housekeeping and laundry.
"I am a graduate of your CNA program. The training was excellent. I passed my CNA exam on the first try! I have been working as a CNA for over three years. I have never met a bad Nurse or CNA. I recently came across this article about a CNA who was arrested. I think it is important for all CNA students to know the high standard we are held to. Could you please post this article on your site."
Thanks for your input, I have posted the article below. I have excluded the CNA's full name and home address, and the facility where she was employed.
I am reprinting this article because it is so unusual to hear of a CNA in this kind of trouble. How many times do we read about other health care professionals in trouble? This is such a rare instance of neglect by a CNA, but is also a statement of how much responsibility it takes to be a CNA.
CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANT - CNA - SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR ENDANGERING PATIENT
Barred From Working As a CNA
A certified nurse assistant, also called a CNA was sentenced to jail for endangering a patient, and has been barred from working as a CNA in any kind of health care facility. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer today announced that a CNA who recklessly broke the arm of a 92-year-old woman at the Elant at Newburgh Residential Health Care Facility was sentenced to 40 days in county jail, she is also barred from working as a CNA in a health care facility for three years.
The CNA Quiana M 23, who lives in Newburgh appeared before Newburgh Town Justice J.T.M on June 13, 2005, and pleaded guilty to Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person. On August 15, 2005, Justice J.T.M. sentenced the CNA to 40 days of weekends in jail and three years' probation, a condition of which is that she may not work as a Certified Nurse Assistant in any health care facility.
According to the Information filed at the time of the Certified Nursing Assistants arrest in May 2005, the CNA violated a patient's health care plan by moving her from a wheelchair to her bed, without assistance from another CNA, or qualified staff member. During that transfer, the CNA dropped the resident, causing her to suffer a broken arm. The CNA did not seek help for the resident, and initially claimed that she had followed proper CNA procedures, before admitting that she had transferred the resident alone. And should of have had the help of another CNA or qualified person.
The CNA was employed at the same Newburgh facility from April 2001 until February 6, 2005. She was terminated as a result of this incident. This was the only incident of the CNA not following procedures.
Attorney General Spitzer thanked the state Department of Health for referring the matter to his office.
As a followup I have to print this news report. Thanks for reading it. The Director
Nurses Top List of Most Honest and Ethical Professions Integrity of most medical professionals also highly rated
GALLUP NEWS SERVICE PRINCETON, NJ -- Someone seeking a job that commands high respect need look no further than nursing. For the eighth consecutive year, nurses top Gallup's annual list of occupations rated for their honesty and ethical standards, earning high marks from more than four in five Americans. A combined 84% of Americans describe nurses' ethics as "very high" or "high." What's more, only 2% of Americans say nurses have low ethical standards. The worst any sizeable proportion (14%) says about the integrity of nurses is that it is "average."
Is the Manhattan Institute a College or University?
No, the Manhattan Institute 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. Our classes are short, most are under two months.
I saw my local college had an CNA course in adult education. Is this the same as your school?
No, Adult Education offered at Colleges and Universities offer a certificate program. Their course has not gone through the same State or Federal Accreditation procedures as the Manhattan Institute. A College will offer courses, which have been traditionally taught at Career Schools as a way to raise revenue, with no Federal or State supervision.
So what makes a Career School better then a College or University?
We are better at what we do. We only teach Vocational education. A college or university lists career school programs under "adult education" and they give you a certificate, not a diploma. The Manhattan Institute is authorized by the State Education Department to issue a diploma to all our graduates. Many College and Universities even "farm" this adult education to a third party who rents space. Students think that the College has authority over the course, but in reality they do not.
Can a foreign student study in your school?
Yes, we have many foreign students who choose to study at the Manhattan Institute. We do not charge foreign students higher tuition. All students pay the same price for their education. Although most of our students come from the United States of America, we do have many foreign students who enroll every year. The Manhattan Institute is a New York State licensed and Nationally accredited school, so you can feel confident that our diploma will be recognized when you return to your country and pursue your chosen career.
Our New York City location gives our foreign students a wonderful opportunity to take in all the culture and wonders Manhattan has to offer, while pursuing there education. Our low tuition makes it a very good alternative. Many students combine study with a vacation. New York City is a great City to visit, and even a better one when you study at the Manhattan Institute.
Do you provide housing?
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