Becoming a CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant takes less time than a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Let’s look at what a CNA is and whether it is the job for you.
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Many people may wonder if the healthcare field will be the right fit for them. Of coarse talking to any family, friends or acquaintances who work in healthcare can be more than helpful, but the only way to truly know for sure whether you will enjoy and prosper in a healthcare position is to obtain one yourself.
There is a grave need for nurses in nursing homes. According to the New York Times, 90 percent of U.S. nursing homes do not have adequate staff. A 2002 Health and Human Services (HHS) report found that 86 percent of 43 states reported inadequate staff numbers.
In 2004, there were 917,400 nurse related staff members in the U.S. nursing homes. These nursing staff members provided care to 1.5 million residents in all of the United States. Here are the numbers and the ratios in relation to nursing home residents: