How Much Do Certified Nursing Assistants Make?

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A certified nursing assistant is required to complete a six- to eight-week course, and can expect to make around $10 an hour. Assist patients and nurses as a nursing assistant with advice from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is doctor David Cathcart and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. A certified nursing assistant is a person who helps a nurse with thee, those activities of of daily living that most patients need, for example, they need help with bathing, or they may need help with their meals, or they may need help with grooming. Certified nursing assistants are the, are the people who help with that. Thee, in order to get certification in that, it takes about a six to eight week course. Nursing homes will typically offer these courses for little to no money, and because they need certified nursing assistants to help out in their facilities, so typically someone would start off as a nurse aid, then go through thee coursework, the six to eight week course, and then take an exam, and become a certified nursing assistant, and they usually will get them a couple dollars more hour raise. So, certified nursing assistants will probably make in the range of ten dollars an hour, whereas a nurse aid may make only eight. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm doctor David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.


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