Certified Nursing Assistant Degrees

Are there any books that I can read to help me decide if a certified nursing assistant degree is right for me?

While many, if not most, CNA-related books on the market are textbooks or exam guides, a number of them have been written about different aspects of the job itself from the perspective of those who have experienced it firsthand. If you are planning to study for an online CNA degree, you might be interested in the following books, which are among the most popular outside of textbooks.

The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler offers a realistic look at the financial struggles of low-income working Americans from the point of view of the workers themselves. As CNAs often make a modest amount of money, this is important reading for potential students with certain income and lifestyle expectations.

Breathing Lessons: A Novel by Anne Tyler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of a nursing assistant named Maggie and her nearly 30-year-marriage to her husband Ira. You may find this book compelling for the ways in which Maggie’s compassion for other people affects her family and everyone with whom she interacts.

Joyce Hutchison’s May I Walk You Home? Courage and Comfort for Caregivers of the Very Ill is a crucial book for CNAs, who often find themselves caring for those near the end of their lives. It can help you prepare for patients’ final days and find courage and compassion in the face of death, at a time when patients need it the most.

What are some online resources that will give me ideas about how to use a CNA degree?

A student considering a CNA degree online will find a great deal of useful information on the Internet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on employment rates in the field as well as average salaries required education and how quickly the field is growing.

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) is a professional organization that provides development training, mentoring and advocacy for CNAs. By joining you can participate in the annual NAHCA conference as well as the Virtual Campus of Care, which offers online educational and professional development courses. This is particularly valuable to online CNA degree students, as it will prepare you for online education.

The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to nursing assistants who work in long-term care facilities. Members receive many benefits including the opportunity to provide input to position statements for legislation and public policy as well as discounts on workshops and educational materials.

Additional resources for students studying CNA online degrees who do not have the support of an on-campus network can be found all over the web. VESL Caregiver dedicates its podcasts to everything from personal hygiene to preventing abuse. It encourages you to follow along in your nursing assistant textbook and to write down vocabulary words you do not recognize.

What organizations accredit on-campus and online CNA degree programs?

The main accreditation body for both on-campus and online CNA degree programs is the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). NLNAC provides specialized accreditation for nursing education programs at the post-secondary level and higher. Any top CNA degree online, as well as the best on-campus programs, will be accredited by NLNAC; non-accredited programs typically do not meet state standards.

You can search for the best CNA online degrees and CNA degree requirements on the NLNAC website. You will also need to make sure that the courses you take meet your state’s requirements for certification; otherwise you will be unable to obtain a license. An accredited online CNA degree program provides numerous benefits to future CNAs: it makes you more competitive in the job market, qualifies you to pursue advanced education at other accredited schools and allows you to participate in federal and state funded programs.

Is a CNA degree recession proof?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing assistant field is growing by 20% and is expected to add over 300,000 new jobs by 2020. Most new CNA jobs will come from residential and nursing facilities rather than hospitals, which have a slower growth rate and are cutting costs by moving patients out of their facilities more quickly. The strong job outlook is largely due to turnover as a result of limited advancement, low pay and high physical demands.

While you can now obtain an accredited online CNA degree, organizations such as the American Institute for Medical Careers maintain that online certification programs do not meet state standards; you must have both classroom and clinical training before working as a CNA. Despite the flexibility and reduced cost of an online CNA degree, it would appear that a traditional program is still the best insurance against a recession.