Loving. Compassionate. Helpful. Positive. These are all words that patients use to describe the people that help them when they are having medical issues. It is not just anyone that can leave these types of impressions on the people that they work with. It takes a special type of person to do the job of a nurse and a CNA and those that have the characteristics that are listed above can have a long and wonderful career in their field.
The first step for someone that wants to move into the medical field as a nurse is to achieve CNA training. They must spend a couple of weeks in a course and do well in each of the areas that are taught. For someone that knows that they have what it takes to become an excellent nurse, this short process will be providing them with the foundation that is necessary for them to begin their career in nursing. Once they have achieved this, they can look for employment and start using the knowledge and experience that they gained from these classes.
The salary range for a CNA can vary depending on where you are looking for work. If you want to work close to home and you live in a rural area, you can expect that the salary will be lower than that of someone that works in a big city. The same is true if you decide to work for a clinic versus a large hospital. You will have less patient exposure in those areas but you will still have the ability to make a huge difference in the lives of the people that you get to help care for.
If you decide to move to a larger city or even to a larger state, you should expect to make more for your services. You will have to work hard no matter where you choose to work but when you work at a larger facility, you may find that you are stretched very thin and caring for many more patients during your shift. This can be even more rewarding for those that love to see the progress that the patient is making as they keep them clean and are there to help them in any way possible.
While there are some benefits, like the salary, to moving to a larger city to put your training to use, there can also be some downfalls. The price to live in a larger city may be more than in rural areas because the population of people looking for homes is higher. If you can commute from your more rural home to the larger city each day that you work, you may find that the increase in salary makes a big difference.
If you have decided to make the move to the larger city so that you do not have the commute to make daily, be sure that you spend some time getting to know the area before you select the place you will move to. Almost every large city has some areas that are not safe so be sure that you know where you are going to live and find out as much as you can about the neighborhood before you sign the lease agreement. You can check with some of the local real estate agents and ask them about the neighborhoods because they will likely have a good vision of the safety of all of the areas that you are considering. You want to put your CNA training to good use but you want to stay safe as well. You will be able to find the perfect place and the right job once you have finished your training.