Careers in senior care
Join our team of caregivers who've discovered the rewards of a healthcare career in senior care. RAs and CNAs are in demand. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, plus the reward of knowing at the end of each day, you've helped someone have greater quality of life.
What is a CNA and an RA?
Certified Nursing Assistant
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) take a short course, often given by the American Red Cross or a community college. The course might last one to two months. After passing the course, students take a certification exam to earn the title of Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, designation after her name. Certified nursing assistants work primarily in hospitals, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and home health doing private duty in clients' homes.
Learn more about becoming a CNA in Wisconsin.
Resident assistants (RAs) in assisted living facilities generally don't have any extra educational requirements, although some facilities might require a high school diploma. Most also require that attendants speak, read and understand English well enough to communicate with clients and other staff members. On-the-job training takes the place of formal classes or certifications. To learn more about becoming an RA, contact us.
Both CNAs and RAs play an important role because they are typically the first line of defense in protecting patients' health, and identifying and reacting to their needs. Tasks include aiding residents with activites of daily life which sometimes includes help with eating, bathing, toileting, hygiene, transport to other areas of the building, answering call lights, bringing clients things they need, help them turn in bed, helping with social activities, and more. Both can also take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respirations; results are reported to the nursing staff. Both types of assistants might also do light cleaning at the facility.
There are a few differences between a CNA and an RA. A big difference is that some certified nursing assistants can help clients take medication under the supervision of the nursing staff. Some states require that CNAs who pass medications take a separate course for certification as a medication aide or med technician.
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Becoming an RA or a CNA is a great way to start a successful and rewarding healthcare career.
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