The Importance of Getting Certified as a CNA

By Catherine Bynes on Wed, Dec 18, 2013

certified nursing assistantThose who are already working as nursing aides may ask why they should spend the time to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA).

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. 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. 

CNAs also earn higher salaries than those who have not been certified.  It will also help you earn promotions over those who do not have a certification.

Higher Education

After you begin working as a nursing assistant, you will find that there are numerous opportunities only offered to CNAs. 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.

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. 

Nationwide Options

The demand for CNAs 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, they will see a greater demand for their services. They can also see 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 those 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 healthcare field, spend the time to become a certified nursing assistant, and watch your opportunities grow!


Anonymous 3 years ago

I would like to add that working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), one of the most important tasks you have is taking the vital signs of your patient. Vital signs include taking a patient's blood pressure, the rate of respiration, the pulse, and the patient's temperature. Overall a CNA wants to do everything he or she can to make sure their patient is comfortable and content. You will want to take care of your patient as if he or she is a member of your own family. They are in need of assistance and you are thereto assist that patient with all of their needs and wants.