If you are unemployed, you probably realize that it is difficult to find work, and when there are job openings, there are often particular educational requirements needed to be hired. The secret to getting a new job is to find the work you are interested in, then get the training you need. Many jobs do not require a lot of training. Many of the programs that are offered by vocational schools and community colleges right here in Knoxville are affordable and take only a few months to complete. Some programs only take a few weeks from start to finish. With the right education, you can get a job and put yourself on a new career path.
One vocational program to consider is training to become a certified nursing assistant. Commonly abbreviated CNA, this is a job that is seen in a nursing or hospital environment. A CNA does much of the caregiver work with a patient and in this capacity is working to assist a nursing staff. If you like to help people and have good social skills, this can be a great opportunity for you. You will be helping people who are sick, recovering from illness or sometimes need help due to their age. You will be assisting people in their daily activities. This includes such things as eating, taking their medication, dressing themselves and personal hygiene.
There are many good CNA programs in Knoxville as well as the surrounding areas. The state of Tennessee only require a minimum of 75 hours of instruction to become a CNA. These programs will teach a combination of classroom learning as well as hands-on learning in a clinical setting. there is a lot to learn during this time, but if you work hard, you will learn the material and be prepared to pass your state examinations. Once you have accomplished this, you will be certified for a period of two years. After this time, you will be required to renew your certification.
A typical course in Knoxville, TN, will last eight to ten weeks, but this will vary depending upon how much time you spend in your course each week. There are programs designed for full-time attendance, while others are geared for those working and in need of a part-time program.
Heath care is a rapidly growing area of our economy, and you will have plenty of work. Most people find work in a few weeks after becoming certified. In some areas of the country the need for CNAs is so great that local hospitals, and other health care institutions, will send recruiters directly to your school. They will often hire people right after they successfully complete the training.
This type of work can be used as a first step toward a long career in health care. Some have started out as a CNA and then worked toward becoming a registered nurse. Others have found opportunities in the health care industry that they didn’t know existed until they starting working as a CNA. Whatever the future holds for you in health care, it can begin with training as a CNA.
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