The week of June 9th-16th is National Nursing Assistant Week. Below we will go over five of the reasons that a profession as a Nursing Assistant is so wonderful and might be the right path for you!
- Nursing Assistant Jobs are in Demand
Job stability is one of the most important things to consider before deciding a career to pursue. Good thing Nursing Assistants have a strong career outlook! As the baby boomer generation gets older, the population of aging and elderly people is steadily increasing. Because of this, the demand for nursing assistants is growing at a fast pace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national employment of Nursing Assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.* In the state of Michigan, Nursing Assistant employment is projected to grow 12.5% from 2012 to 2022.**
- Short-Term Training
All that’s needed to begin a career as a Nursing Assistant is certification (obtained after completing state-approved training). Nursing Assistant training programs are designed to teach you the skills and knowledge that you will need to achieve certification and excel in the workforce and can be completed in less than one year. This means you can get prepared for a highly rewarding career within a small timeframe.
- May Create Other Opportunities within the Healthcare Field
Becoming a Nursing Assistant is a good way to get your foot in the door if you know you want to work in healthcare. Working as a nursing assistant can serve as a stepping stone for various positions in the medical field because it allows you to gain valuable experience that helps you develop skills and knowledge of providing basic patient care. After acquiring some work experience and completing higher education, you may choose to pursue a different healthcare related career.
- You’ll be Helping Others and Serving Society
A nursing assistant career is rewarding for those who are compassionate and enjoy caring for people. The job may be demanding, but the satisfaction from helping patients feel comfortable and loved can also be very emotionally rewarding. Because CNAs and nursing assistants spend a lot of time with patients, they tend to develop close relationships, particularly with those patients in need of long-term care.
- Job Flexibility and Variety
The day to day life of a Nursing Assistant is full of variety. They are exposed to a wide assortment of situations, circumstances, and people everyday while on the job. They also get the chance to work in several different settings such as hospice, day care centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, long term health care facilities, residential care facilities, etc. Those Working as Nursing Assistants, rarely experience a dull moment.
These are just a few of the reasons to consider becoming a nursing assistant. Even if you are planning on using the knowledge obtained through that experience to apply toward a higher degree or more advanced position in the healthcare industry, nursing assistants are working in a rewarding field that can open doors in more ways than one, and it is a job choice that can provide someone with a lifetime of opportunities.
Valley Training Center’s Nurse Aide Training Program provides students with the opportunity to learn the skills and concepts relevant to exceling as a Nurse’s Aide through a combination of class lectures along with hands-on practice. Students that successfully complete the Nurse Aide Training Program, will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation. Certification is necessary in order to gain employment as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the State of Michigan.
- Overview of the Nurse Aide as a member of the Healthcare Team
- Overview of the Long Term Care Facility and Resident
- Providing Personal Care to Patients
- Infection Control, Safety, and Emergency Procedures
- Providing Care for Patients with Cognitive Impairments
- Restorative and Rehabilitative Care
- Caring for Patients with Developmental Disabilities
- End of Life Care
- A Clinical Practicum, allowing the Integration of Clinical Skills
- …and more
To learn more about the Nurse Aide Training Program at Valley Training Center, call us today at 989-726-4319 or Click Here to request more information!
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited May 19, 2016)
**Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2012-2022) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014), http://milmi.org/admin/uploadedPublications/2350_LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2022_MI.xls (visited February 15, 2016).