As a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), you’ll play a vital role in the treatment and care of residents in long-term-care facilities. You will be involved in the comprehensive care and assistance of the residents under the direction of the nursing staff. CNAs provide direct personal resident care and services including but not limited to:
In order to receive CNA certification in New York State, you must complete 100 hours of instruction that includes both clinical and classroom instruction, as well as pass a competency exam. Once you are certified, you are placed on the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Registry. A criminal history background check is also required. In some cases, employers will assist you while you undergo training.
Depending on your employer and the region of New York in which you work, you can expect a starting salary range of $28,000 – $35,000, which may include benefits such as paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and a 401(k).
“I’ve always been a person that loves to help others…it was just something I was destined to do.”
"I used to be an EMT and I really like helping people. But the hours as a CNA are so much better."
"I love this job because it makes me feel appreciated in a sense I never felt before."