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    CNA question

    Nick has been thinking of getting CNA training. Is not sure if he will be eligible for a loan for it. Some time back he got a loan to get computer training but due to some problems, was unable to finish it. He has paid the loan money back but now he has been told by a friend that this may prevent him from getting another loan for the CNA training. His situation has changed a lot from the first time he attempted the computer training. Is able to dedicate more time and has more support now than before. Plus he is really getting prepared for this. He feels that he can perform a better job in caring for me if he is more familiar/trained in caregiving with it. He is also thinking of continuing with getting his LVN certification after that. I am encouraging him to do so since I know that there is a big need for medical staff here in our city. Plus he seems to be a caring person.

    Would anyone, SCI Nurse or caregivers here, know more about how this can be achieved in case he is denied a loan? Any suggestions would really be appreciated.


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    Senior Member Mona~on~wheels's Avatar
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    Raven in Texas you can go to work at a Nursing Home as a learning CNA and the classes are free if you agree to work for them for a certain length of time afterwards.
    Some NH have you work while you go to school also. With limited functions. Some things like using a hoyer lift another cna must be with you. Then other NH you only work after the classes. Which were only 2 wks M-F.

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    Every state is a little different. In CA you cannot get your CNA or HHA certification though OJT. You must attend 120 hours of classroom work and then also attend clinical training (not sure of the hours for this). In addition, you are required to attend 30 hours of continuing education (at your own expense) annually from specific courses/schools. CNAs don't make much more than minimum wage, and are not licensed, so are quite restricted in what they can do. For example, cannot give any medications, and in many states cannot do catheterization, bowel care, wound care, tube feedings or any sterile procedures. At work, they must be under the direction of an RN or LVN.

    While an LVN does not make much more than a CNA, the training is not that much longer, and this gives the person the ability to sit for a licensure exam (CNAs are not licensed, they are certified). Of course if he can take the time, and really wants to make a career out of this, he should be looking at a BSN (RN) college education, as an LVN cannot go very far and can never work in education, administration, or do activities such as assessment and evaluation (which require an RN).

    I would also caution you that none of these programs is likely to teach him much about caring for someone with a SCI.


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