California CNA — What do you need to be a Certified Nursing Assistant in California?

But first. What is a CNA and what are his/her duties? There is more to being a CNA than what you currently believe. A career as a Certified Nurse Assistant places you in the forefront of patient care. This applies in various health care settings and facilities.

A CNA works under the direction of Registered Nurses (RNs). Acting as the go-between between the patient and the RNs and reports the concerns/condition of the patients to RNs. CNAs spend more time with the patients compared to any other member of the facility.

The CNA’s tasks include but not limited to:

  • monitoring the patients (needs, medication, etc.)
  • maintaining personal hygiene of the patients
  • housekeeping
  • feeding the patients
  • transport of patients
  • preventing patient injury

Being a CNA is physically demanding. In activities such as helping a patient move in bed, stand, or transfer to a wheelchair. The CNA must have sufficient understanding of proper body mechanics in order to avoid injury to oneself and to others.

How much money does a CNA make? The median salary for a CNA is around $26,000 according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So, what it takes to be a California CNA?

The first thing you need is a high school diploma or GED or an equivalent thereof.

Next is the Nurse Assistant Training. You will find these CNA classes being offered at community colleges, trade school, medical facilities like hospitals, and by the American Red Cross.

A candidate CNA should be able to complete an approved program or otherwise should be able to demonstrate an equivalent training in another healthcare field.

After landing a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, it is also vital that one must return to school for Continuing Education.

The general licensing period for a California CNA is two years. The initial term varies on your birthday. On the duration of each licensing term, CNAs must complete at least forty eight hours of continuing education. The minimum requirement is twelve CE units in a year.