Know all about Red Cross CNA Training

If you are interested to choose Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as a career then you may be delighted to know that the American Red Cross provides nationally recognized CNA training in different part of the United States. The training covers a nationally recognized curriculum and uses the requirements of each state.

According to the American Red Cross rules, a CNA trainee must attend all classes for the successful completion of the course. You must also display good performance in skill and knowledge evaluation test. The trainings can be strenuous sometimes and might require extensive physical effort, so the participants must be physically fit as well as free of any communicable disease in order to fully participate in the training classes and drills. If you have any questions regarding the medical conditions, then you must discuss them in advance before the course starts. During the course, some of the skills that the trainee learn are measuring a patient’s blood pressure, temperature, and pulse, positioning the patient safely as well as ambulating them. They are also required to maintain all the documentations, charts and paperwork. And, in a Red Cross CNA course, students also learn to take CPR to better handle emergency circumstances.

red cross cna training Know all about Red Cross CNA Training

Red Cross CNA training

 

After successful completion of the Red Cross CNA training course, you must sit for a CNA license exam which must be successfully completed before entering a medical facility. The exam consist of two parts: the Skills Test and the Written Test. The exam takes approximately five and a half hours for completion. The trainee should first pass the Skills Test before taking the Written Test. Upon successfully passing the examination, the trainee will receive a certification stating that he or she is legally permitted to work as a CNA.

The American Red Cross training program has its own set of requirements that the CNA participants must fulfill. These are:

  • The participant must be 18 years or older
  • The participant should not have been involved in any kind of felony or misdemeanor within last 7 years.
  • The trainee cannot be pregnant.
  • The trainee must be free of all communicable diseases.

During the course of study, all students are required to:

  • Arrive on time
  • Attend all classes (only 6 missed hours are permitted; all the missed hours must be covered)
  • Pass the final test with a score of 80% or higher

 

Easy Description of a CNA Job

A CNA may have to do various kinds of duties during the course of work. Mentioned below are the basic CNA job descriptions:

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CNA's job

 

  1. CNA basically help the nursing staff in admitting, transferring and discharging the patients. They may also be required to assist the nursing staff in required documentations.
  2. A CNA takes care of all hygiene needs of the patient as soon as he or she is admitted to a medical facility. In this regard, the duties may include feeding the patient in schedule, checking vital signs and symptoms, reporting a nurse or physician, and also ambulating. Along with the patient’s hygiene, the nursing assistant is also required to look after the beddings and bathing of the patients and also maintain the surrounding area of the patient clean.
  3. Along with physical care to the patient, a CNA is also required to provide emotional support to the patient. Since CNA come into more contact with the patient than any other medical officer, they can provide social and emotional support and care to the patient.
  4. Apart from the tasks mentioned above, a nursing assistant also requires having a number of skills    and qualification to perform his/her task properly. A valid CNA certificate is required before being allowed to work. They must also have good communication skills to interact well with the patients. Along with these, they are also expected to have a good command of English.
  5. The CNA must be ready to work in any kind of conditions. A nursing assistant may be required to move or lift patients. They also have higher susceptibility to communicable diseases and harmful chemicals during the course of work. Besides that, the work schedule may be abnormal. As a nursing assistant, they do not have a fixed working schedule each day like a 9 to 5 job. Instead their shifts may include any time of day and at most medical facilities, their shifts keep on changing every week.

Thus, a CNA has a wide range of tasks in a medical facility. However, above are the basic job description of a CNA .