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Certified Nurse Aide

The main role of a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is to provide basic care to patients and assist them in daily activities that include bathing, dressing, feeding and taking vital signs. The role of a CNA is not glamorous but is extremely essential in long term care. Compassionate individuals with a deep desire to care for others are needed to fill these positions.

Education & Experience:
A CNA must complete a state approved nurse aide training program, pass the nurse aide competency evaluation consisting of both a written and a skills test, and be listed in good standing as a CNA on the Indiana Nurse Aide Registry. A nurse aide training program consists of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction and 75 hours of clinical training. The training program must be approved by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).

Salary Average
$23,000

Certifications
Qualified Medication Aide
Restorative Aide

Next Steps
Qualified Medication Aide
Restorative Aide
Licensed Practical Nurse
Social Services
Activities Professional

Qualified Medication Aide

A qualified medication aide (QMA) is a certified nurse aide (CNA) who has completed additional training and demonstrated competency while dispensing medications and applying or administering treatments under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. The QMA assists the professional nursing staff in assuring that standards of resident care, comfort, and safety are maintained by administering medications and treatments.

Education & Experience:
A QMA must complete a state-approved CNA training program and complete 1,000 work hours as a CNA before applying to the QMA training program. The QMA training program consists of at least 100 hours of training to include 60 hours of classroom instructions and 40 hours of supervised practicum. The training program must be approved by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). A QMA must also pass a competency evaluation program consisting of a written test and be listed in good standing as a QMA on the Indiana Aide Registry.

Salary Average
$26,000

Certifications
Medical Records

Next Steps
Nurse

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