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					Training to become a CNA varies across the USA and also differs between institutes
teaching. There are however, certain skills and knowledge that are required where
ever you may go. Most courses will be around the 40 hours mark consisting of
lectures and seminars, the rest will be hands on practics and clinical training
experience. Training can be carried out not just in colleges but sometimes actually in
hospitals or homes, this is known as on the job training. It is probably best to ask
around at some of your local homes to see if this is possible.

The Red Cross CNA Training also meets all guidelines stated by the government and
is is GNA approved. Classes will have all equipment needed and is normally the best
around so you won't have to worry about the conditions you are working in. The
classrooms contain such items as mannequins to work on that life size, wheel chairs
as well as many other materials and tools needed to learn.

You will learn multiple procedures while you are on the course and these consist of:

* Helping a Person To Eat Their Food
* Measuring a Person's Height and Weight
* Helping a Person Use the Bathroom/Commode/ Bedpan/Urinal
* Providing Perineal Care for a Person with a Urinary Catheter
* Emptying a Urinary Drainage Bag
* Applying an External Urinary Catheter to a Male
* Collecting Urine/Stool/Sputum Specimens
* Testing Urine for Sugar and Acetone
* Giving a Person a Tap Water Enema
* Diapering a Child
* Collecting a Urine Specimen from an Infant
* Helping a Person with Passive Range of Motion Exercises
* Helping a Person Walk
* Applying Elastic Stockings
* Sterilizing Glass Baby Bottles
* Bathing a newborn
* Providing Post Mortem Care
* Applying Compresses and Assisting with Soaks
* Changing an Ostomy Appliance

Below is an extract from a American Red Cross trainer, "Our Nurse Assistant training
course is very fast paced," says Red Cross instructor Martha Gross. "Our students are
out in the workforce after just four or five weeks." Those who successfully complete
the course are eligible for a state certifying exam and go on to find jobs in hospitals,
long-term care facilities, developmental disabilities homes and in home health care.

Training isn't always free and this is the same with Red Cross training, if you are
looking for free training it's probably best to look in homes as I mentioned earlier as
they will teach you on the job.
There may be grants available to you as well depending on previous courses taken and

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