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Certified Nurse Aide

As a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), you’ll play a vital role in the treatment and care of residents in long term care facilities.

Certified Nurse Aide

As a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), you’ll play a vital role in the treatment and care of residents in long term care facilities.

Begin your caring career as a Certified Nurse Aide.

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You will be involved in the comprehensive care and assistance of the residents under the direction of the nursing staff. CNAs provide direct personal resident care and services including but not limited to:

  • Safety
  • Comfort
  • Personal hygiene
  • Resident protection
  • Documentation of observations, activities and care

Under the supervision of a Registered Nursed (RN) or Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), a CNA provides direct care to patients. Nursing assistants give personal, hands-on care to patients by providing assistance with essential daily tasks. These tasks include bathing, dressing and eating, observing and reporting to the LPN/RN, ambulating and repositioning patients, taking and recording vital signs, and communicating with other team members about patients.

What is required to become a CNA

In order to receive CNA certification in New York State, you must complete 100 hours of training that includes both clinical and classroom instruction, as well as pass a competency exams and criminal history background check. Once certified, you are placed on the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Registry. In some cases, employers will assist you while you undergo training.

Depending on your employer and the region of New York in which you work, you can expect a competitive starting salary, which may include benefits such as paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and a 401(k).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for CNA training and certification may be revised by government authorities. The information on this page reflects the current known requirements for training and certification at this time.

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