Happy CNA Day from CareerStaff Unlimited, your source for the nation’s best nursing jobs and career guidance! And for National CNA Day this year, we’re helping aspiring nurse assistants discover one of the most rewarding career paths in patient care.
Each year, the United States honors nursing assistants on the Thursday of the second full week of June. Otherwise known as National Career Nursing Assistants’ Day, CNA Day kicks off CNA Week, a seven-day celebration of all the amazing nursing assistants and nursing aides across the country and the world.
So, to all the CNAs out there, thank you! And for everyone else, please join us in showing some much-deserved appreciation for the many essential tasks that CNAs handle in the healthcare workplace.
Happy CNA Day & CNA Week 2021!
Nursing assistants are some of the most important workers in any healthcare facility. CNAs — also commonly called certified nursing assistants and career nursing assistants — provide much of the hands-on, day-to-day care that patients experience. They usually work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN), or in some states, a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).
During CNA Week, other healthcare providers, patients, and the family and friends of these incredible workers are encouraged to show a little extra support to the CNAs in their lives. “This week also gives the opportunity to observe the wonderful work that CNAs have done for all the people they have taken care of throughout their careers,” explains CNA Classes Near Me, a website offering guidance on finding CNA classes.
The CNA Classes Near Me article also offers a quick history of CNAs in the United States. The nursing assistant profession began during World War I, when volunteer nurse aides were enlisted by the American Red Cross to help treat the thousands of soldiers wounded in combat. “These first CNAs worked alongside army nurses treating soldiers and filling empty positions in hospitals throughout reserves, bases, and even civilian hospitals,” the article notes.
Since then, CNAs have remained some of the most essential workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and many more places that provide patient care.
And at CareerStaff, we have a special understanding of and appreciation for the value of nursing aides and assistants! CNAs are among the most in-demand jobs in healthcare, and the many hospitals and other healthcare facilities who rely on us to recruit exceptional nurses for them are always in demand for these important workers. If you’re looking for a CNA job, you can view available opportunities here.
How to Start a New Career as a Nursing Assistant for CNA Day 2021
Are you interested in becoming a CNA and joining the CareerStaff family with a great job in locations across the U.S.A.? If so, we can help you get the ball rolling! The process is pretty straightforward: According to RegisteredNursing.org, certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are not required to have a college degree, but must undergo training and then be credentialed in the state they live (or work).
The formal training it takes to become a CNA begins with a high school diploma or GED. The next step is to take a nurse assistant training program, usually available at your local community college or a nearby trade school, or even at a health center or other medical facility. Before enrolling in any such program, the RegisteredNursing.org article points out, you should make sure that it’s approved by the state’s nursing board, and by the National League for Nursing Accredited Commission (NLNAC).
What’s next? “Upon successful completion of CNA training, individuals will subsequently be required to pass a CNA certification examination,” RegisteredNursing.org continues. “This exam consists of two parts – a written part and a practical part. The written exam will be taken in a group setting and typically consists of a number of multiple choice-style questions. Test takers have 90 minutes to answer.
“The second portion, the clinical skills exam, is administered one at a time with a single test proctor/observer. Individuals will be tested on four randomly selected clinical skills to demonstrate their competency. They will have 30 minutes to complete this section of the exam.”
If you’re wondering how to find the CNA certification details for your state, RegisteredNursing.com also has a helpful state-by-state guide on the requirements for becoming a CNA across the United States. You can check it out here.
Celebrate CNA Day With a New Career Opportunity!
We’re proud to be the preferred source of great job opportunities for so many of the nation’s hard-working nursing aides and assistants. Now more than ever, CNAs are in demand, and we’re hiring in locations across the United States! Our list of current nursing jobs is updated every hour of every day — and we’ve got more opportunities than ever before. You can find a list of current CNA jobs here.