In recent years all the healthcare related jobs are becoming more and more preferred by young professionals starting their career after high school graduation. There is high demand for all kind of healthcare professionals due to the increased percentage of US citizens with serious health problems and the aging baby boomer population of the USA. Because of that great demand, healthcare jobs are well paid and that fact combined with the moral reward that healthcare professionals get, lead to a great number of professionals starting their education or just training in different healthcare related fields. Becoming a nurse is one of the possible health care related career paths.
Most of the prospective nurses choose to start their career by completing a CNA training classes, because this type of training usually takes only a few weeks and the duties of certified CNAs involve less responsibilities. Typically a CNA training program can last up to 6 months depending on the intensity of the training and the institution where the CNA training is conducted. During the CNA training programs prospective CNAs obtain knowledge and skills how to properly take care of their patients. Such skills, the prospective nurses get during the training process are checking vital health signs, cleaning the bodily fluids of patients caused by their disease and helping patients with their personal needs like bed making, dressing, feeding and taking bath.
After successful CNA training completion and CNA certification the prospective healthcare professional can practice and perform all the duties of a Certified Nurse Assistant. After gaining hands-on experience and confidence, some of the CNAs are interested how to become LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) as this is the next, middle, step to become RN (Registered Nurse). Both CNAs and LPNs work under the supervision of RNs and doctors in charge, but LPNs have much more responsibilities of medical nature and because of that they earn higher hourly wages and because of their valuable qualifications and the training they got, they are even in higher demand compared to CNAs.
Certified Nurse Aides can enroll and attend LPN training programs without interrupting their work, because the LPN training courses have a flexible schedule and all the training activities are planned with the work schedule and free time of the students in mind. There are CNA to LPN training programs available on the Internet, however hands-on training experience is required and personal presence on some of the training parts, so this CNA to LPN training courses can not be defined as online training.
When choosing such a training program, it is advisable the prospective LPNs to get information when and where the practical part of the training takes place in order to be able to plan in advance their work schedule. In most of the cases training practice in local hospitals is arranged depending on the training institution.
During a CNA to LPN training, Certified Nurse Aides gain additional medical knowledge and skills such as maintaining self-control in critical situations, reading charts, monitoring the intake of certain medications, preparing and placing injections under the supervision of an RN, testing blood glucose with insulin of patients with diabetes, change surgical bandages, treat bedsores, sterilization of instruments, proper storage of medicines.
The CNA to LPN training most often lasts between 18 and 24 months, and the requirements for CNA to LPN retraining are different in every state of the USA. In some US states completed CNA training and at least 5 years of experience in different healthcare institutions are required in order to complete LPN training program and become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
It is highly advisable for every healthcare professional who plans to go through CNA to LPT training program to check in advance what are the requirements for the retraining program in the particular US state of residence. After successful completion of the training program, the prospective LPN must held state certification exam in order to get license to work as an LPN. It is extremely important for the prospective LPN to know that only healthcare professionals who have attended training course in accredited training institutions and colleges can attend the state certification exam, and an accreditation check must be performed when choosing and before starting a LPN training program.
There are a lot of options for CNAs, who want to complete a training course in order to become an LPN. They can apply for various training programs offered by hospitals and nursing homes that pay for the training in order to have professionally trained helthcare professionals who can meet the high demands of the LPN profession. The policy of many of the healthcare institutions is to promote CNAs to develop a career and attend training classes for LPN, because they need skilled an perfectly trained personnel.
LPN training graduates may continue to grow in their career, starting a re-training course LPN to RN (Registered Nurse).