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

In state of Mississippi those who wish to start a new and exciting career in health field as nursing assistant, will must attend an approved training program by the Mississippi State Department of Health that offer the various community colleges and universities, vocational schools and private schools or healthcare facilities and meet Mississippi's standards and the federal requirements. These programs assist a candidate to develop good communication skills, be willing to perform repetitive routine tasks, to provide support health professionals and assist in prepare patients for treatment, always under the supervision a licensed LPN or RN. Some CNA training classes are offered for free from facilities in exchange a period of employment after successful completing training and certification of the candidate. These free CNA classes are usually available through long-term care centers and assisted living nursing homes, which will even pay for the certification exam. Advantage of these types of programs is that usually last a short period of time (about 2-6 weeks), and additionally, a student will already has a job in health field, once he/she become Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The duties of CNA typically include measuring and recording vital signs, to provide a high level of care to patients, such as bathing, dressing, feeding and transporting, preparing of rooms, controlling the spread of infection, she/he is responsible for cleaning and proper operating of medical equipment, record and report unusual behaviors of patients, etc.

CNA Training Programs in Mississippi (MS) Prospective for CNA programs in the state of Mississippi, should be at least 18 years old, need a high school diploma or GED certification, should be able to speak and write in English, and have clean criminal record. Also, must to provide a proof of TB test report of last 6 months. Trainees are required to attend an approved training program that provides at least 120 hours of instruction, with at least 75 hours of classroom and clinical practice are needed to take the certification exam. Each curriculum that has been approved by the Mississippi State Department of Health and


meets the Federal requirements, include courses and issues on basic nursing principles, anatomy and medical terminology, safety procedures, basic restorative services, interpersonal and communication skills, as well controlling infections.

Mississippi CNA Certification Upon of completing training program, a candidate will must pass the competency exam within 24 months, that administered by Pearson Vue. The state has adopted National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) as the competency exam, which consist of two sections: a written exam consisting of 70 multiple-choice questions, which checks the theoritical understanding, and a clinical assessment of 2 hours, that checks the skill levels and the examinees are asked to perform 5 randomly selected tasks, from a total of 25 skills, appropriate to a CNA job and to prove they know the clinical techniques they were trained during the training program. These written and clinical examinations cost together about $101. If the student fail the exam up to three times in total, should resume the CNA training before being allowed to sit for the final exam again. After successful completion of both sections, candidates must be added on the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry and are able to work as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the state. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) must always be active member on the Mississippi Nurse Aide Registry, and in order to maintain the position as a CNA, the certification must be renewed every two years and she/he is required to has employment for minimum 8 hours during the same period, and additional to has completes 12 hours of continuing education every year.

CNA Jobs & Salary in Mississippi The CNA salary in Mississippi ranges from around $18,000 to $22,000 a year, which is considered to be a good income that allows people to live a comfortable life. In the future, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects there be even more employment opportunities and higher salaries, as the need for CNAs will rise with an increasing number of seniors patients needed long-term care services. There are possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare facilities and related medical facilities in the state of Mississippi, including the Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo Hospital and University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Important Contacts for Certified Nursing Assistants Nursing - American Red Cross American Nurses Association National Association of School Nurses (NASN) National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Mississippi State Department of Health Mississippi Board of Nursing


Mississippi Nurses' Association Mississippi Association of Student Nurses Mississippi School Nurse Association Pearson Vue CNA Training in Mississippi

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Advantage of these types of programs is that usually last a short period of time (about 2-6 weeks), and additionally, a student will already...