Are you a new Certified Nursing Assistant who is looking for your first CNA job in 2016? If so, you’ve come to the right place as this article discusses where the jobs will be over the next year, and how you can help your chances of getting hired!
What is the Outlook for CNA Jobs in 2016?
As you’re probably aware, the United State healthcare system is experiencing unprecedented growth. Thanks to the sizable “Baby Boomer” generation reaching its Golden years, and the dramatically-expanded number of people with access to healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act, the number of new CNA jobs is expected to grow by 11% through 2024.
Where to Look for Jobs
The outlook for Certified Nursing Assistant employment varies somewhat according to two primary factors. They are:
- Where you live in the U.S. (see our guide to classes and employment by state)
- Specific healthcare industries
While the need for new CNAs varies by region thanks to obvious factors such as population and the strength of your local job market, there is also a significant difference in the demand for workers across different industries.
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Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
The area where demand for new Certified Nursing Assistants is currently greatest, is Skilled Nursing Facilities (also called SNF). As of 2014, approximately 41% of all CNA jobs were in these types of facilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Skilled Nursing Facilities are sometimes referred to as nursing homes or long-term care facilities, but differ in that the SNF designation is only applied to those institutions that meet the criteria for reimbursement by Medicaid and Medicare. With this being the case, requirements for employment are usually higher.
The following video produced by Kaiser Permanente highlights exactly how Skilled Nursing Facilities are different, and provides a look into what it’s like to work at one.
CNA Hospital Jobs
The second-largest employer of Certified Nursing Assistants and Orderlies (as they’re often referred to in this specific industry) is hospitals. As a matter of fact, according to the latest government figures from 2014, CNA hospital jobs accounted for 25% of all nursing aide positions in the U.S. labor force.
Those CNAs who work in hospitals are usually full-time employees who work under the direct supervision of an RN or LPN. They care for multiple patients during each shift, and their responsibilities often include, but are not limited to:
- Cleaning and maintaining patient’s beds and rooms
- Assisting bed-ridden patients with moving about the room and hospital
- Cleaning and feeding patients
- Monitoring blood pressure and other patient vitals
In the following video by Kali Elaine, she talks about her experiences working as a hospital CNA, and provides advice on how to get into this field of nurse assisting.
CNA Nursing Home Jobs
Retirement communities employed roughly 11% of all nursing assistants in 2014 according to bls.gov. Commonly referred to as CNA nursing home jobs, these types of positions are easily-confused with those at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) as the responsibilities of the employees are identical.
The largest difference between these positions and those offered at SNFs are that, because we are not specifically discussing facilities regulated by Medicare and Medicaid, certain care requirements change. It is also possible that some employment requirements may be loosened at non-SNF facilities.
The attached video by RegisteredNurseRN.com discusses how CNA jobs at nursing homes differ from those at a hospital.
Home Care Agencies
CNA Home Health Care Jobs
Accounting for 5% of jobs held by Certified Nursing Assistants in 2014 per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the home health care industry is a rapidly-growing area that is increasingly popular with both CNAs and HHAs.
Professionals who work in this field are responsible for performing basic care duties for individual patients in their homes. A typical visit to a patient’s home will require the CNA to perform tasks such as:
- Bathing and feeding the patient
- Changing dressing on wounds
- Assisting with exercises (e.g. talking the patient for a walk)
- Cleaning up the patient’s home and assisting with shopping for groceries, etc.
The actual employer for this type of job is usually a home health care agency that schedules the patient’s care appointments and assigns the CNA or HHA to the individual client. Some of these assignments even allow the healthcare assistant to travel with the patient!
Employment requirements will vary by agency.
This video created by myCNAJobs.com discusses what to expect if you work as a CNA in a home care setting, and how to go about finding a job.
How to Help Your Chances of Getting Hired
It was once said that finding a job is the hardest job you’ll ever have. Finding a CNA job doesn’t have to be all that difficult however.
For the purpose of this article, we’re assuming that you’re currently looking for your first CNA job and have no prior experience working in healthcare. With this in mind, we recommend that you take the following steps in order to help your chances of getting hired.
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Prepare a Targeted CNA Resume
The very first step you can take is to make sure that you have a current, updated resume that is targeted specifically to the job you’re applying for. You’d be surprised at how many of your competitors in the job market will either apply for a job with a poorly-crafted resume, or will not have one at all!
By “targeting your resume”, we’re talking about modifying your resume to catch the attention of the specific employer and to highlight why you are the best person for their opening. After all, it’s important to keep in mind that the number one objective of your resume is to get an interview.
Therefore, you need to make sure that your resume stands out from the others in front of the employer by speaking directly to him or her.
Applying for Jobs
How to Apply for CNA Jobs
In order to save yourself valuable time and effort, and to improve your chances of finding your first job, you’ll need to do some research on local employers.
Find out who they are, whether or not they’re hiring, and try to read reviews from current and former employees to help you decide if you want to work for them.
Consider using the following resources to help you get started as you identify CNA employers in your area:
Practice Your Interview Skills
As with any job, getting an interview is just the first step. The difference between getting an interview and getting hired always comes down to how well you perform during the interview. For this reason, you should practice your interview skills before the big day.
Refer to the helpful guide provided by Monster.com in the link above to learn about practicing for the actual interview and increasing your chances of impressing your future employer!