Nursing assistants who are already working in the health care field may question why they should spend the time to earn certification for a job they already have. The simplest answer is that having a certification will prove your ability to do your job to both your current employer and at any potential facility you may want to work at in the future. While this is a very important benefit, becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant can help you in other ways as well.
For nursing assistants who have not yet found a job, or if you would like to work for another employer sometime in the future, earning your certification can make a big difference. In the competitive job market that you are facing today, employers often have dozens of applicants for a few jobs. A certification makes any employee more desirable to employers. Also, nursing assistants who have earned their certification earn higher salaries than those who have not been certified. Once you have been hired, your certification will help you earn promotions over those who do not have a certification. If you plan to stay in the health care field or continue working as a nursing assistant, earning a CNA certification is an important step in your career.
After you begin working as a nursing assistant, you will find that there are numerous opportunities offered to Certified Nursing Assistants that are not available to those who do not hold a certification. For example, many companies offer Certified Nursing Assistants opportunities to improve their skills by providing educational opportunities that can help the CNA earn more money and promotions. Many companies will even pay for you to continue your education in the nursing and medical fields if you agree to work for that particular company for a length of time. By completing these educational opportunities, not only do you learn more about your position, you become more valuable to your company. By investing time and money in your career, your employer will see you as an asset that should be retained, even as nurses without certifications are losing their jobs. You may also be eligible to attend so-called immersion training, in which you are given the opportunity to work in positions alongside a registered nurse that you may be eligible for with more education. Certified Nursing Assistants are chosen for these opportunities over those without certification because it is assumed that a CNA will continue his or her education in the field.
The demand for Certified Nursing Assistants is growing rapidly throughout the country. As the population ages and advancements in medicine make us better able to care for the sick and elderly, Certified Nursing Assistants will see a greater demand for their services, as well as a commensurate increase in the amount of money they will earn. By earning your certification, you are also entitled to transfer your certificate to other states and become part of their CNA Registry, a benefit that nursing assistants without certification do not receive. Earning your certification is the first step in making your skills more valuable and in demand among employers. If you plan to pursue a career in the medical field, spend the time to earn your certification, and watch your opportunities grow!
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