The role of any adequate CNA in Oregon (Certified Nursing Assistant) is to provide support to doctors, RNs (Registered Nurses), care for patients, operating and maintaining medical equipment and supplies and recording patient information and vital signs. Additionally, one of the main unofficial jobs of a CNA is to provide support and sympathy for patients, especially ones who are in poor health or have suffered serious injuries. Jobs in doctor’s offices, hospitals and nursing homes are available to Certified Nursing Assistants.
Depending on what certification/license/degree students seek, they can become a CNA in anywhere from 6 weeks, up to 4 years. Obviously the 6-week course is a certification and the 4-year university is a bachelor’s degree. Classes in Oregon will cover such subjects as human anatomy, physiology, proper diet/nutrition, infection control/abatement and basic medical skills. Classes will also incorporate hands-on experience with various medical supplies and real patients.
As for the cost of becoming a certified CNA in Oregon, believe it or not, it’s possible to receive training for free; that’s right, free! Many hospitals, nursing facilities, doctor’s offices, et cetera will provide free CNA training, so long as the individual agrees to enter a contract to work for that company for an agreed upon amount of time.
For those who are not fortunate enough to find an employer to pay for their classes, prices for a 6 to 12-week certification program, like that found at a vocational school or community college, typically range from $300 to $1,300. The price for a 4-year degree can approach $13,000 but will be well worth it after you are making $44k + after the first year.
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