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How CNA students train at WHS

Mariam Rezkallah

Guest Writer

November 6, 2023

Technical Skills for Nursing Assistants students will learn the abilities and practical applications of their new skill sets through the Nursing Assistant program. Technical competencies required for a successful start in a career as a CNA include an understanding of medical jargon. certification in first aid and CPR. The Indiana Nurse Aide Registry is where nurse assistants must then register. Although a criminal record does not automatically preclude Selvya Saad and Elona Beshara from training, it often restricts them to CNA-related jobs. Nurse assistants must be at least 16 years old.

Classroom Learning Aspiring, or CNAs, will gain knowledge of vital topics such as human anatomy and physiology, patient observation, fundamentals of patient care, patients' legal rights, monitoring and reporting patient information, and safety procedures. Within four to eight weeks of starting their training, students may often anticipate finishing their coursework and being prepared to sit for their state certification exam to become a licensed or certified nurse assistant.

“Although it was difficult at first, helping individuals who are unable to help themselves helps us feel better and makes us want to assist them in all situations,” senior Saad said. “The beginning of the session was quite challenging.”

Not for dummies - Selvya Saad and Elona Beshara

practice their techniques in a nursing class demonstration.

At the start of class, Saad was thinking that the assignment was difficult and that she couldn't do it. The students didn't travel to the nursing home at the start of the semester; instead, they stayed in class to learn how to assist others and ensure their well-being. At first, they were thrilled to attempt to help them and learn new things, but after a few days, they stopped attending the Nursing Home they were visiting.

“Beginning of the course certified nursing assistants encounter a variety of difficulties every day, including the possibility of burnout, handling loss and grief, caring for patients who are dying, working in occasionally risky situations, and a number of other challenging jobs,” junior Beshara said. “Even with all of this, the pay is not very great. Because it allows students to manage their education and any other part-time employment while still allowing them to earn money and gain practical experience, this profession is one of the most sought-after vocations in the healthcare industry.”

The possibility of burnout, according to Beshara, will be the hardest part of this class in the future. If they’re attending your CNA school full-time, the training procedure might be time-consuming, and you might not be able to work at that time. To master new abilities, you'll probably need to put in between 75 and 180 hours of study time, which might be challenging if you have kids or other personal obligations.

“It was really difficult to study and memorize everything in this class at first,” Saad said. “The examinations were also quite challenging, but you had to memorize to pass them. My favorite aspects of this class are learning new nursing information and providing assistance to others. I was quite excited when class first started, but after a few days or weeks, it started to grow monotonous.”

Saad said the class was quite enthusiastic at first, but now it is monotonous and involves performing the same thing every day for two periods. The first student claimed that they had to memorize a lot of material at the beginning of the course and that they had to train a lot of fictitious persons before they could train each other in the Nursing Home. When the class first started, they were eager to visit the Nursing Home, assist the residents, and train them. However, as time went on, they grew weary of going because it was the same thing every day. Nevertheless, some people still enjoy going because it helps them avoid boredom.

“In general, nurses are well regarded and appreciated for their work,” Beshara said. “Consider becoming a CNA if you want to profoundly alter the lives of people. Being a CNA can help you move to many other nursing professions since they have entry-level responsibilities and fundamental nursing abilities. As a CNA, you collaborate with and pick up knowledge from medical specialists including doctors and nurse practitioners.”

The Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) profession offers job satisfaction due to its direct interaction with the less fortunate and its high regard for nurses. CNAs can transition to other nursing professions due to entry-level responsibilities and fundamental nursing skills. They collaborate with medical specialists, including doctors and nurse practitioners, and gain knowledge from their work.

“The competency evaluation or state test for the CNA course includes both a written test and a skills competency test,” Saad said. “There are 100 multiple-choice questions on the written exam. To pass, the candidate must score 80% (80 correct answers). The demonstration of hand hygiene and four additional abilities that were randomly selected make up the skills competency test.”

Saad said the CNA course competency evaluation includes a written test with 100 multiple-choice questions and a skills competency test with a hand hygiene demonstration and four randomly selected abilities.

“Certified nursing assistants face various challenges, such as burnout, grief, and risky situations,” Beshara said. “Despite the low pay, this profession is highly sought-after in the healthcare industry. Studying and memorizing information can be challenging, but the benefits of providing assistance are significant. Nurses are well-regarded and can help move to other nursing professions. CNAs collaborate with medical specialists and learn from doctors and nurse practitioners. The skills competency test includes hand hygiene demonstrations and four additional skills.”

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