The amount of time that it can take to become a certified nurse assistant can vary. It depends on the type of training that you want to do, as some courses take more time than others. Following your high school graduation where you will have a diploma, you will then need to begin training at a college or a specific school where you will need to learn the basics behind human anatomy and other nursing skills such as minor infections. With regards to the amount of time that you will need to spend training, it can take anywhere between a few months to a couple of years to walk away with the accredited qualifications demanded of new graduates.
It does not take too long to become a certified nurse assistant as you will simply be there to help. Once you know the basics behind the job, you will find that you will be learning on every shift that you have. It is then that you can decide to take your position higher and continue to study, or to remain as an assistant nurse indefinitely. Either way, you can be sure that it is going to be one of the jobs where members of staff learn as they gain more experience. You will be faced with different situations and problems that you will need to overcome every day, improving your confidence and ability as a healthcare worker.
Also, you will be able to see if you can handle and keep up with the high demands of the job, as you may find that it is too much for you and therefore it could take a while before you are ready to work in a higher-ranking job. However, as long as you are dedicated and strong willed, you will learn and manage everything that you need to after some vital experience as a certified nurse assistant.
Some states require different accreditation hours. Many nursing centers/homes or home care business's offer on the job training, accreditation hours and exam help. If you are still in high school you can receive school credits for participation in one of these programs. See guidance counselor or resource officer.
It took me about a month to get CPR certified, HHA, first aid, Alzheimer, and CNA certified.