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CNA Training in Alaska This article posted at the CNA Certification and Training blog.

In Alaska there will be an increasing demand for CNAs, because the state’s population is getting older, and there are only a few people today who are qualified to employed as a CNA in the state. Additional, is one of the best places to be employed as a nursing assistant in the US as employers pay the best salary for them and comprise a vital segment of the healthcare. Those who seeking a career in nursing as nurse aide in Alaska should be complete a CNA training program that meets the academic standards set forth by Alaska Board of Nursing, and then pass the CNA exam which leads to certification and licensing. Currently, there are approximately 25 different CNA training programs available throughout state offered by community and state colleges, universities, technical and vocational schools, career training centers, public schools, online schools, as well as in many hospitals and medical centers such as Wrangell General Hospital, Petersburg General Hospital, Providence Valdez Medical Center, Providence Extended Care, Heritage Place and South Peninsula Hospital. Also available are training programs made available through the American Red Cross, designed to prepare students to receive their certification as a nursing assistant. CNA Job Description As a nurses assistants, their duties and responsibilities vary depending on their employer's needs, but common tasks they perform include the daily care of patients, feeding, keeping the patient’s environment clean, changing bed linens, bathing and grooming, taking vital signs, escorting and transporting patients, emergency procedures, as well as infection control, administering medication, proper operating and maintaining of medical equipment, etc

CNA Training Programs and Requirements in Alaska In order to be eligible for enrollment in one of CNA programs in Alaska, applicant must be at least 18 years old; is needed to be physically fit, required a high school diploma or GED certificate, clean criminal record, a negative TB test report of last 6 months and immunization's proof. Depending on the type of program, the fee that has to be submitted before enrollment can range from $1000 to $2000 and the length of training about 8-13 weeks. The Alaska Board of Nursing requires that approved CNA programs offer a minimum of 140

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hours of instruction, which includes 60 hours of classroom instruction and 80 hours of clinical practice which is done in a hospital setting or in nursing homes under the supervision of RN or LPN. However, you will find that some programs will offer even more hours of training. During of classroom instruction students can expect CNA courses covering such topics as: Anatomy and physiology Basic nutrition General healthcare Emergency procedures Human bodily functions Legal and ethical aspects in nursing Mental health disorders Medical terminology Patient rights Preventive health care measures In the clinical instruction students can to develop interpersonal communication skills as well as time management skills and perform the following tasks skillfully: Feeding and grooming of patients Infection control Maintaining healthy environment Measuring height and weight Patient care and basic hygiene Proper record keeping Recording of vital signs Safe transfer and repositioning of patients Taking care of basic nutrition

CNA Certification Requirements in Alaska Within 24 months from completion of an approved CNA program, all applicants must pass the CNA exam administered by Pearson VUE. These exam are based on the knowledge and skills taught during an approved CNA training program. Exam fee is $50 and all examinees will need to submit a fingerprint card ($59) and a recent passport photograph. CNA exam consist of a written test with multiple-choice questions on physical care, psychosocial care and job responsibilities of nursing assistants, as well as a clinical exam which tests practical nursing skills, such as moving patients, maintenance of hygiene, providing medication to patients as instructed by the registered nurse, taking vital signs and subjective measurements, etc. During the clinical examination, the examinee should perform 5 randomly selected nursing assistant skills out of a set of 25 competency skills, under the supervision of senior nurses.

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Upon successful completion of exam and the background check, candidate's name is placed as eligible on the Alaska Nurse Aide Registry that maintains records of all those who work as CNA in state. Recertification is necessary every two years and applicants required to have 12 hours of continuing education and 160 work-hours as a nursing assistant.

CNA Job Outlooks in Alaska Students earning their certification in the state of Alaska can kick start their career as certified nursing assistants at various health care and allied health care settings like convalescent homes, long-term care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, elderly care centers, home health agencies , etc. Presently, CNAs in the state of Alaska are earning an average salary of $34,000 annually. Therefore, places the median wage of a CNA in Alaska in the top 10 percent of CNAs salaries across the US. Some employers require at least one year of experience before hiring a CNA.

Alaska CNA Helpful Links Nursing - American Red Cross American Nurses Association National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Network of Career Nursing Assistants National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) Nurse Aide Employment Outlook 2010-2011 Alaska Institute of Technology Alaska State Board of Nursing Alaska Nurse Aide Registry Alaska Nurses Association Alaska School Nurses Association (ASNA) Alaska Student Nurses Association Alaska Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing CNA Training in Alaska

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