Career Details

Certified Nursing Assistant (Orthopedics)

Career Overview

Certified Nursing Assistants provide basic care for patients including giving baths, measuring vital signs, moving them, and helping them to eat and use the bathroom.

Education

A CNA program, which lasts 4-12 weeks, must be completed before someone can work as a CNA. These programs contain a combination of classroom and hands-on experience.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$20,000 /yr
$26,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

CNAs work in a variety of medical settings including hospitals, nursing care facilities, retirement communities, and in home healthcare. This work can be physically demanding because of the amount of time they spend on their feet and because they may be physically moving patients around or re-positioning them regularly.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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