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Where Can A CNA Work? A Comprehensive Work-places Guide

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Before enrolling in any field, every student looks for the scope of the profession they are going for. A certified nursing assistant has an integral position in the hospital setting. They have many important tasks to take care of the patients, making them an integral part of the medical team. CNA requirements vary and depend on where you live, but the general process is similar.

United States Bureau of labor statistics has anticipated an 8% increase in CNA jobs between 2020-2030 and is faster than the average of other professions. In terms of job range, there are different work settings where a CNA can get the job.

If you have made up your mind to pursue a new career (to work as a CNA), read on to learn more about the working conditions, salary expectations, and workplaces for CNAs.

Working Conditions for Certified Nursing Assistants

Before we talk about workplaces, let’s talk about the environment under which they have to carry on their duties to see if it is stressful for their health. Most facilities have modern equipment, are air-conditioned and well lit. CNA jobs can be physically and emotionally demanding as the CNAs have to walk or stand for most of the time during work.

A CNA is susceptible to back strain (from lifting heavy equipment and patients), and different diseases such as hepatitis and tuberculosis, and he may get exposed to caustic chemicals and radiations (which can prove dangerous) during work.

They have to use proper procedures and take precautions to avoid such complications.

Working Hours for CNA Job

Most full-time CNAs work approximately 40 hours/week. As it is obligatory to take care of the patients 24/7 so some CNAs work during nights, evenings, weekends & holidays. Either CNAs get paid for the supplies and uniforms or employers provide them with these things.

Is This Job Suits Me?

As we have described the working conditions and hours, you have to do a self-assessment to see if you can stand this profession. If you have social and jolly nature and find pleasure in helping and providing healthcare facilities to others, this job suits you.

Salary Expectations in Florida

In Florida, Salaries for CNAs vary in different healthcare facilities, and different variables influence wages like region, facility, shift, etc. In central Florida, the median or average pay for CNAs is between $10 to $14 per hour. However, private duty CNAs are also seen to get paid up to 18 dollars per hour. CNAs can also improve their earning potential by getting specialty nursing certifications and additional training.

Workplaces for CNAs

Where Can A CNA Work

You may be wondering where you will end up working after completing the training program and passing the CNA certification exam. Thanks to the expanded healthcare coverage and aging population, the demand for CNAs is surging in places like hospitals, clinics, assisted living centers, etc. The job growth rate is higher than average, ensuring an auspicious employment outlook.

CNAs with experience and training have many options for their career, including working in various healthcare environments. Some of these environments may include:

1. Hospitals

30% of CNAs work in hospitals. For CNAs, specialty and general hospitals are common work environments. CNAs will encounter a variety of patients at general surgical and medical hospitals. On another side, at specialty hospitals, CNAs may have to work with specific age populations or with residents having specific conditions. Such workplaces can include:

  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Cancer centers
  • Pediatric hospitals

Mostly, hospital jobs are full-time positions in which CNAs may get job security, benefits, and access to links with nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. Compared to any other workplace, hospitals may offer a high salary.

If you are voluntarily working at a hospital, attending networking events, and the doctors, nurses, and administrators know you and see your hard work, it will be easy for you to get hired when you apply.

At hospitals you will be asked to help registered nurses:

  • Monitor patient’s temperature and blood pressure
  • Reposition or turn the patients
  • Address patient’s concerns
  • Move patients (between wheelchair and bed)

Median Salary: At hospitals, CNAs can earn $32160 (average annual salary). Specialty CNAs in surgery, ICU, and emergency departments can earn a higher income.

2. Nursing Homes

According to BLS (bureau of labor statistics), approximately 37% of CNAs are hired by nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities). For CNAs, working at nursing homes (long-term nursing facilities) is the most common position. In nursing homes, CNAs have to look after severely disabled, elderly patients, patients having serious diseases, and others. These patients require care round the clock, which means CNAs will have longer shifts.

For beginners, it is a good work environment as it allows certified nursing assistants to practice the skills they have learned during training, learn to tackle many patients at a time, and get confidence in their capabilities. As almost half of the CNAs are employed in nursing homes, you are most likely to get your 1st job there. At nursing homes, nursing assistants will have to assist in:

  • Dressing, bathing, eating & moving around resident
  • Monitoring vital signs and helping patients to take part in social activities.
  • Provide support and companionship to the patient
  • Help them to walk or wheel them around

Median Salary: CNAs at nursing care facilities earn $30120 as the median annual wage.

3. Retirement & Assisted Living Communities

Generally, patients in retirement & assisted living facilities don’t require 24/7 medical care. Instead, they get assistance according to their needs. These communities employ 11% of CNAs, where CNAs have to help patients with basic activities like mobility, bathing, eating, and assisting patients to visit dining rooms and common areas. Other residents can live freely but it is necessary to monitor their health conditions. CNAs may have to perform housekeeping duties such as bed making and tidying up rooms.

Median Salary: The median annual salary of CNAs working in retirement & assisted living communities is $30020.

4. Home Healthcare Facilities

Surveys say that only 5% of CNAs are hired by home healthcare facilities. CNAs will perform the same duties at home healthcare facilities just like at nursing homes. The basic difference is that CNAs will deal with one patient (at a time) at the patient’s own home rather than dealing with many patients like in nursing homes or hospitals. CNAs will provide caring facilities to patients who prefer home over hospitals or other healthcare environments.

Most beginners, don’t start this role as there will be no proper guidance and help from other coworkers. Most home healthcare facilities hire experienced CNAs. Sometimes CNAs may have to help home healthcare registered nurses with medical procedures.

Working in home healthcare facilities has many advantages like you can make a schedule according to patients’ needs. The workload will be low compared to hospitals or other workplaces, and you can show more flexibility as you will be dealing with one patient. They may have to help with the following activities:

  • Preparing & serving meals
  • Light cleaning
  • Bathing
  • Other grooming needs

Median Salary: The median annual salary of home healthcare CNAs is $29,210

5. Government Facilities

Statistics show that only 4% of CNAs get a job in government facilities. Jobs in government facilities provide CNAs with unique and stable career opportunities. The CNAs hired by the federal government work in:

  • Prisons
  • Veteran hospitals
  • Government nursing homes
  • Mental health hospitals
  • Military hospitals
  • Local & state public health clinics and agencies

Job duties vary according to the working-place as mentioned above.

Median Salary: Benefits and pay in government positions are more competitive. The median annual salary of a CNA working in a governmental facility is $37240.

6. Clinics

CNAs can also get a job in acute care clinics where they will be asked to assist physicians and nurses in

  • Taking vital signs
  • Providing medical care
  • Preparing examination rooms

Specialty clinics may hire CNAs with additional training & certification where they have to perform duties like administering electrocardiograms and drawing blood.

Median Salary: Recent data suggest that CNAs working in acute care clinics earn an average of $31230 annually.

7. Schools

CNAs are also hired by schools where they help licensed school nurses. They do the following duties:

  • Regulate doctor-prescribed medications
  • Provide the first aide
  • Inform parents when their child gets sick at school
  • Maintain student records who come to the nurse’s office
  • Contact physicians and emergency care providers when necessary
  • Help nurses with safety training and health education presentations

Median Salary: The median average salary of a school nurse assistant is $40280.

8. Traveling CNA

Traveling CNA job suits those who are interested in variety, flexibility, and competitive pay. Traveling CNAs personally go to the patient’s home, traveling regionally and locally to fill positions. They get work assignments from the agency and perform the following tasks:

  • They record medical information
  • Assist patients with routine activities, and
  • They communicate with family members and the doctor of the patient

Median Salary: The median average salary of a traveling CNA is $35420.

9. Private Practice

CNAs working in doctor’s offices have proper business hours. They don’t even have to do night shifts. Mostly they have to perform the following duties:

  • Take vital signs
  • Prepare examination rooms
  • Record other information & medical histories
  • Answer phones and schedule appointments

Median Salary: CNAs who do private practice earn a median annual salary of $32960.

10. Hospice

CNAs who are hired by hospice care work in a team. They help physicians and hospice nurses look after terminally ill patients. CNAs provide alleviating care in a hospice or patient’s own house or long-term care facilities. They also assist and comfort patients’ family members.

These CNAs have to:

  • Prepare meals
  • Help patients with routine hygiene
  • Monitor patient’s health
  • Administer medications

Median Salary: Hospice CNAs earn an average of $33770 annually.

So, there you have it – a comprehensive guide to where CNAs can work. We hope this article has been helpful and given you some good ideas about the many different possibilities out there for CNA career growth. Keep in mind that job duties and salaries can vary depending on your place of employment, so do your research before making any decisions. Are you ready to take the next step in your nursing career? Let us know how we can help!