CNAs are responsible for the basic care of patients, including monitoring vital signs, feeding them, and helping to move patients. Some may help with bathing, dressing and grooming, as well as providing companionship and emotional support. Others provide administrative duties, such as scheduling appointments and filling out prescriptions. The job is a great entry point into the healthcare industry and can be a stepping stone to other nursing careers, such as becoming a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse (RN).
Geographical areas with higher numbers of senior citizens are likely to experience higher demand for CNAs, which can lead to a wide range of salary options. However, wages vary significantly depending on the type of employer and level of experience.
Those with years of experience can often command higher salaries, especially when they have worked for an employer for a long time and have gained valuable skills that are difficult to learn on the fly. Some CNAs also choose to work independently and find private clients who need their services, in which case they can set their own rates and hours.
For those interested in pursuing this career path, SNHU offers an online nursing program that provides a flexible and convenient way to earn a bachelor’s degree. The college also has a number of on-campus courses, which can help students build relationships with faculty and peers. These classes are offered on weekdays, Saturdays and evenings to accommodate busy schedules.