One of the quickest and easiest ways to get into the healthcare industry is by becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In fact, depending on where you go to school at it may even be free of charge, your only costs being the price of uniforms for any on-the-job training. And you can even become certified in a matter of weeks or a few months at most. The medical field is a great career to get into as it offers good job security and plenty of room for advancement.
Another really neat thing about becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is that – if you choose to – you can study for even more advanced positions like Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and thereafter Registered Nurse (RN), all while being paid for your CNA duties. That is exactly what many current LVN’s and RN’s did in fact do. How you actually become certified varies from state to state and sometimes even municipalities.
But for the most part, it is pretty much uniform across the board. That said, there is one important thing you must stay on top of once you seek employment upon being certification. And that is your Certified Nursing Assistant License Number. More often than not, there will be some kind of online registry or database where you can find it. And not only that, but you will almost always get some kind of paperwork or certificate with the number on it.
The above mentioned online resources are usually available for prospective employers to look at too so they can verify that you are indeed eligible to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The best method of all though is to have a hard copy of something that has your license number on it. These will usually have some kind of embossed seal or stamp showing that it is the real deal.
Of course, the ideal situation is to have a combination of both an internet verification system as well as some kind or physical paperwork with your license number. And one more important thing, make sure you do not allow your Certified Nursing Assistant license to lapse. This happens far more often than you may think. Keep track of the expiration date and make sure you renew it in time to avoid unwanted hassles down the line.
So if you are looking to enter the medical/healthcare field a Certified Nursing Assistant is the ideal entry level position to go in as. And do make sure you have your license number readily available or accessible for prospective employers.