Entry Level Education
Postsecondary nondegree award
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Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
What Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Do:
A certified nursing assistants (CNA) main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. In nursing or long-term care facilities, a CNA is often a patients main caregiver.
How to Become One:
Earn a high school diploma or GED, plus nursing assistant training. You can find these programs at community colleges, trade schools and medical facilities. Candidates must pass the examination within two years of the time that they completed their CNA training programs. West Virginia allows a maximum of three examination attempts. A candidate who is still unsuccessful will need to retrain.