A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is an in-demand position that can offer job stability and scheduling flexibility for individuals interested in the field of patient care.
A CNA helps patients with daily living activities and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Classes convene every Monday-Friday (4:00pm – 10:00pm)
Clinicals are conducted on the last week of class (6:30am – 2:30pm - unless otherwise stated)
Classes convene every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (6:00pm – 10:15pm)
Clinicals are conducted every Saturday (6:30am – 2:30pm - unless otherwise stated)
Inclusions: gait belt, watch with second hand,blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope —approximately $150.
Who Should Attend?
If you have been considering the profession of Health Care or have been in a caregiver role and you wish to grow your skills and pay grade, a Certified Nursing Assistant certification is the next step to begin your career path in health care. If you currently hold a position as a caregiver during the day, you can continue to work and go to school by night with this program offering.
If you possess the following qualities you could be a good candidate:
- Attention to detail
- Superior verbal and written communication
- Ability to maintain a consistent schedule
- Interpersonal capabilities
- Good record-keeping Skill
- Medical terminology knowledge
- Have basic understanding of ADL’S (activities of daily living) and common disorders
- Consistently maintain and follow proper infection control hygiene
Qualifications for this Course:
|be at least 16 years of age|
|be able to read, write and speak English proficiently (8th grade level)|
|conduct an in-person interview with school personnel|
|be free of any communicable disease|
|view patients in a holistic approach to improving their quality of life|
|be able to multi-task|
|possess critical thinking abilities|
|sign a Criminal Background Check Agreement|
|complete and sign all Aishling Care Academy training forms|
|sign an agreement to disclose medical information|
|complete a 2-step TB test and show documentation|
|show proof of COVID vaccination & Physical Exam|
|be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds|
|have an understanding of basic medical terminology|
|have your own reliable transportation|
During this experience I think, I understood a part on what dementia patients experience, The sensory overload, overwhelmed my whole thinking process. Going in I expected some difficulty, however actually experiencing it was far more difficult. The pain in my feet from simulated neuropathy was a constant disturbance. I try remembered 2 on the 5-task given to me and could only complete 1 in the tasks on finding the gas bill. I found my vision to be cloudy and dark making any task different to see or person. The white noise was also a source on my inability to focus. Living in this constant stage that I experienced in the stimulation was incredibly frustrating. I cannot imagine living with dementia and have a new love on patients suffering from dementia. After going back to the setting, everything looked much clearer and all the task I had to do more repeated with all senses the accomplishing on the tasks would been much easier. I learned about neuropathy how it feels without senses, a life with dementia, the emotions, the fear, and the difficulty on life with dementia.
This experience was very interesting. The foot piece was extremely painful. I felt that the pain distracted me from my tasks. I felt like was just wondering around. The noise made me forget the tasks as well. I can imagine how difficult and frustrating it must be for patient with dementia. The experience makes me want to be a better CAN to make sure that patient is getting the best care that I can offer especially to those with Dementia.
The experience with the goggles was fun! The tipsy and marijuana were the hardest. Its scary to think that people do tasks that have seeing impairment.
How frustrating dementia can be
How your sensed are impacted
How alone those must be
Easy task can seem impossible
How difficult it is for family members.
This experience was very insightful on how someone with dementia may be going through I felt lonely when I wasn’t pressured and rushed when I wasn’t I would recommend someone who has a family member to take this course to better understand them.
Things I learned:
More caring towards others
Help others more
Have more compassion
Ask others if assistance is needed.
I recommend taking a Dementia Care class because parents/guardians or nurses in general to treat patients who forget simple task. It also shines light on how sad dementia patients become because of how restricted their brain capacity is.
Treat everybody the same
Make sure patient Is always comfortable
Be aware of patients well being
Learn about the patient
Read between the lines.
I felt like I was trapped in a different world with no way out and I could even hear myself speak to think I tied to remember but I couldn’t and I don’t know where to start. Everything felt fake and my feet hurt so bad it was like everything was happening and I was just there.
You fell alone
Everyone is different
You forget everything
Thinking straight is hard
Going in I thought it wouldn’t be as hard because I still had all of my senses present. I thought I could ignore the distractions like the noise and foot pain. When I learned the directions, I was like this is going to be easy. When Aishling stopped talking, I forget almost everything she said. After trying to remember what she said I only recalled the first two things. I could barely see which was scary. The gloves made it hard to grab things. It was overwhelming because many things were happening at once. It was scary because it was like three of my senses were gone. Driving seemed dangerous because I couldn’t drive properly. It did not seem like a safe place to be, if I actually was during like that it would make me very anxious.
Not trusting anyone
Its hard to think straight
Its easy to give up
I went in thinking it wouldn’t be particularly tough due to me having my senses considered normal. However, this experience really opened my eyes to some of the issues people with dementia. Three minutes felt like ten, as well as it being tough to even walk with the objects in my shoes, I was able to remember a few of my tasks. But could hardly complete them (I think I did one full task and half of the second). The glasses and low lighting made it extremely difficult, now adding the gloves? Everything felt near impossible. The white noise only heightened my anxiety in the situation making everything else 100 times worse.
Long story short as frightening and anxiety inducing as this was. It gives me a glimpse into just some of what dementia patient deal with daily.
The instructor was able to explain the courses efficiently.
My Favorite part was the dementia experience.
It was a well-rounded education with knowledge and hand on experience. They were able to explain well. May need to cut down on paper usage and move clinicals by one week so last clinical is before graduation. I love the dementia experience although I’m struggling with Anatomy. I feel that the Clinicals gave me a good look into taskings in healthcare.
It was a challenging and fun experience. The school really care about the patients and landing a great job. I hope that they would minimize the use of paper. My favorite section of the course would be nutrition and dementia experience.