Every health care professional working as a CNA at certain point of career development realizes that CNA training is never completely done once CNA certification is received. If a certified professional works as a Certified Nurse Aide, there will be need more continuing education credits to be completed and CNA related inservices to be attended. Sometimes it is not only personal, professional choice to gain additional CNA knowledge and training, but additional training is also required in order to keep CNA certification active or when Certified Nurse Assistant needs CNA certification renewal.
What is CNA inservice – CNA inservice is a training class with duration of one day or more that helps Certified Nurse Assistants to gain the continuing education credits necessary to retain CNA license. CNA inservices are offered at local community colleges, through the local Red Cross CNA Training programs or even at the health care facilities where the Certified Nurse Assistants work. There are also some CNA inservices and course requirements available online.
There are CNA inservices for certified professionals that are free while others will carry a fee. Online CNA inservices are sometimes perfect way to receive additional CNA training at no cost. For the certified health care professionals who practice as a CNA, some necessary credits might be free. All the online CNA Training classes and programs involve less expenses for the training institutions and organizations, so often online CNA training is offered at reduced cost and there are even some training institutions offering CNA Training for free so it is strongly advisable for every CNA to search for free online CNA continuing education credits.
Sometimes some inservices might not be specific to Certified Nursing Assistants, and CNAs can joining other health care workers for a required inservice. When current employer is requiring an CNA inservice program, most of the times it is free. This is especially true if it is a program that is for everyone working at the facility. In some facilities Certified Nursing Assistants are even able to complete the inservice during a regular workday, thus actually receiving pay for the training period.
It is extremely important for every CNA to know that when a CNA needs to take an inservice that does have a fee, the certified professional working as a CNA might still be able to receive it at no cost.
Many institutions such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, adult day health centers and nursing homes facilities will pay a portion or even all of the costs associated with additional CNA Training as long as the Certified Nurse Assistant will continue to work for that employer and provide good services. It is highly advisable a CNA to conduct a conversation with the current employer when in a position to be not able to afford the fees associated with additional CNA training. Also when additional CNA Training is needed as a result of a change in requirements by the current employer often the facility takes responsibility for the fees associated with the additional training and only commitment for the the continuation of employment with their company is needed. If a CNA is ready to sign such commitment the facility is often ready to pay all the costs involved in the training.
Great option to find help to pay for a CNA inservice is get in contact with job placement agencies and unemployment agencies. This institutions have a variety of programs and resources available to help certified professionals stay employed. This option is something to look into especially if the Certified Nurse Assistant received help through these resources for the original CNA certification.