Those who have received a CNA certification have a number of career options open to them. Some involve working in a nursing home, some involve working in a hospital, and still others are outpatient positions. Most people are employed by a firm of some sort, but a very small few people are self-employed, or work on an as-needed basis. Let’s take a look at some of the more common jobs that people get after CNA certification so you can get a better idea as to which directions to pursue following your graduation.
There are a variety of jobs available to CNAs in the hospital. The first that comes to mind is a surgical, or scrub, assistant. These are assistants who prepare the cart for operation and provide the physician with the tools he or she needs to perform the operation in question. This is obviously only for people who can stomach the sight of surgery and the high-stress environment of an operating room, but it is an important position, that is highly rewarding and much in demand at many hospitals throughout the country.
Another job that is based in the hospital is that of the CNA who cares for elderly or temporarily disabled patients who need aid with their basic activities of daily living. This includes washing, restroom trips, and other cleaning tasks, as well as help eating and taking medications. Most CNAs get their start in the hospital in such a position, and, after familiarizing themselves with the environment and basic procedures, tend to pursue positions as scrub assistants or other assistants in more intense environments. Both of these options are common choices for people following graduation, however, as no progression is necessarily established.
Hospice Care and Work in Nursing Homes
Two other positions include CNAs who work in hospices, and those who work in nursing homes. The former occupy themselves with providing aid to those in hospice care, which can include assistance with the tasks of daily living, washing and cleaning, eating, and other such duties, but also includes keeping patients comfortable in a more social sense and managing information on behalf of physicians, who are not always present or may be too busy to handle all the logistics of organizing and accessing physical records.
Those who work in nursing homes have very similar duties, but tend to work less frequently with physicians. As such, they work more closely with nurses performing duties that have less to do with medication and the like and more with comfort and ease-of-living concerns. Both paths are popular with CNAs, and, contrary to popular knowledge, much in demand. In addition, CNAs in these positions tend to find their jobs amongst the most rewarding, as they allow them to make tangible, immediate differences in the lives of those they serve and interact with on a daily basis, making both positions worthy of investigation for anyone with, or pursuing, a CNA certificate.