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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of CNA Classes

Training and working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is a unique opportunity that will allow you to see the true nature of the medical field. There can times of great pride and joy as a CNA, but you have to keep in mind that it is no easy task. If you feel that you may have what it takes, read on to see what you can expect from your CNA classes and training.  

The Good

With the proper certification, training, and experience work as a CNA is one of the most secure job markets out there. There will always be a need for nursing assistants and there exists a wide range of possible career opportunities available to those with CNA training. Many CNA classes offer flexible hours, or short training courses, in order to accommodate students. If you have a family life, another job, or are taking other classes, many CNA courses can be completed at a time or pace that suits you.  

The Bad

Being a CNA can be a demanding job at times. There will always be those patients that get upset when you are trying to help them, but you must always remember what you are doing: helping them! They may not thank you, but you will feel better knowing that they are clean, comfortable and secure. Closely related to this, as well is the emotional nature of the job. As you work so closely with patients, however, there will be the chance that you will develop a close relationship and bond with those you treat. You will be thankful that you were able to make their lives that bit easier and more comfortable while you were with them, but the doesn’t mean it won’t be hard along the way. This is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs you can take.  

The Ugly

When you hear the term ‘nursing assistant’ there are a few images that may come to mind; some of which may not be pleasant. Working as CNA is not for those who are faint of heart. You will have a great deal of job satisfaction as a CNA, but you’ll have to deal with a few messes along the way. Everything in life comes at a cost, and one of the costs of becoming a CNA is seeing people at their worst. Bodily fluids, sadness from patients or their family, and high-pressure moments may occur on a regular basis. The work will be hard, and may not always be pretty, but there’s one thing we should never leave out. The impact you will make on your patients will be lifelong. While they may not remember you, you will always be able to appreciate that you helped someone for life.  

The Best

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the medical profession, taking CNA classes can be an excellent way to learn about and understand all of the diverse areas of medical treatment and care. The work can be grueling, but the reward comes in two places. First, it comes from that fact that becoming a CNA includes a lot of job security and stability. Second, it comes from the fact that you’ve helped your patients along a difficult journey. You will have to take the good with the bad, and if you’re tough enough a career as a CNA can be more rewarding than anything else you would pursue.

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“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


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