There are many places to obtain a nursing assistant education, but the Red Cross CNA training is one of the most popular, primarily due to its world renowned quality of training. All instructors are experienced in their fields as well as the classroom, which exudes confidence to both students as well as their future employers. Additionally, courses are widely available. It should be noted, however, that the course is not free. However, if you happen to be in high school, there are schools that offer free training in cooperation with local colleges. Classes are offered beginning in the eleventh grade, and when completed, a student earns both a high school diploma and necessary nursing courses to meet state requirements for certification.
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Holding worldwide respect, the American Red Cross attracts entry-level students who seek a fast track entry program into the health care profession. A typical course, such as the one given at the Central Maryland branch, consists of 114 hours, consisting of 43 hours of lecture/theory, 29 hours of lab/practice, plus 42 hours of clinical training experience.
Originally founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the American Red Cross has blossomed into the leading and most trusted emergency response organization in the U.S. Through its international humanitarian efforts and training, it is also the largest humanitarian organization in the world. The ARC offers Preparedness and Health and Safety training programs for individuals, communities, businesses, professional rescuers, and those who seek a career in health care, such as nursing.According to ARC instructor Martha Gross, “Our Nurse Assistant training course is very fast paced. Our students are out in the workforce after just four or five weeks.” Once the course is completed, students become eligible to take the state certification exam. Many graduates, after passing their exams, find jobs in home health care, long-term care facilities, developmental disabilities homes, and hospitals.
Clinical instruction takes place at a long-term facility, i.e. nursing facility, and supervised by an American Red Cross instructor, where students work with patients, gaining invaluable hands-on experience. The course meets Federal and State nursing assistant education requirements, as well as GNA (geriatric nursing assistant) training requirements for certification in Maryland. Classes are conducted in state-of-the-art classrooms, which are equipped with four hospital beds, a Hoyer lift, mannequins, wheelchairs, and all other necessary materials and equipment that students will need to know how to use and operate once on the job. The program covers the care of persons during all stages of life beginning with infant care and ending with post mortem care. Students learn to how to perform life saving procedures such as administering first aid for choking, counting and recording a person’s respiration, pulse, and blood pressure. Training for the basic caring of newborns includes how to bath and diaper infants, as well as bottle sterilization.
While it might be beneficial for a student to have some prior training, or nursing assistant education, the Red Cross CNA Training program does not offer credit for previous training, experience, or coursework taken at any other medical facility, school, college, or university.