Certified Nursing Assistant Training
Certified nursing assistants (CNA) helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The individual who carries this title needs strong work ethic and ability, but issues of liability and legality prevent CNAs from performing certain procedures.
Nursing assistants can work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes, and assisted living facilities. All require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, the nursing assistant serves as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and one or two RNs.
The nursing assistant fulfills/assists clients with basic activities of daily living (bathing, eating, dressing, etc.) for patients of any age, ethnicity, or gender in residential nursing care facilities or outpatient clinics. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need makes it a rewarding career choice.
UAMS North Central follows the curriculum prescribed by the Office of Long Term Care. The course involves a completion of 90 hours of classroom, simulated laboratory, and clinical site training. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the exam to become a CNA.
The program is offered at a minimal charge to the student ($350 registration fee, subject to change). Textbooks are provided for use during the class, along with additional handouts. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends.
1993 Harrison Street
Batesville, AR 72501
Alisa R. Lancaster, MNSc, APRN, FNP-BC