What is a Nursing Assistant?
The Nursing Assistant (CNA or LNA) is a vital part of the healthcare team. As a Nursing Assistant you will work closely and under the supervision of a Registered Nurse who will assign and supervise your work. Some of your duties may include:
- Performing basic nursing tasks related to a person's care. A nursing task is the nursing care or a nursing function, procedure, activity, or work that can be delegated to nursing assistants when it does not require an RN's professional knowledge or judgement.
- You will complete this basic care for patient's and resident's who cannot do so for themselves.
- You will report your observations about a patient or resident's physical or mental status immediately.
- The healthcare team will create a care plan that you will follow closely in providing the correct care for a resident.
- You will only complete the work that is in your job description and scope of practice.
(Mosby's Nursing Assistant Textbook)
$1,275 Tuition Includes (Effective 09/20/19 tuition will increase to $1,355) :
- Use of Textbook, Blood Pressure Cuff, Gait Belt and Lab Supplies
- Uniform top
- TB Test by serum
- Registered Nurse led state board skills intensive
- CPR Adult Health Care Provider (approx. cost) $35-$55 (online only classes will not be accepted)
- Uniform pants (approx. cost) $15-$20
- Watch with second hand (approx. cost) $15-$35
- Medical exam for Health and Fitness Declaration (approx. cost) $50-$75
- Drug Test may be required for clinical placement (approx. cost) $30
- Chest X-ray if needed for TB Clearance (approx.cost) $55
- State Board Certification Fees
- Written- $30
- Skills- $88
Upon successful completion of the Nursing Assistant course at Valley Vocational Academy, you will be eligible to test through Headmaster/D&S Diversified at the school. Upon passing your boards, you may apply to be a CNA or LNA in the state of Arizona.
- communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism
- infection control
- safety and emergency procedures
- promoting residents' independence
- respecting resident rights
- basic nursing skills:
- bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, assisting with eating and hydration, proper feeding techniques, skin care and transfers, positioning and turning
- mental health and social service needs:
- how to respond to to residents' behavior and how to monitor aide's behavior to residents' behavior
- awareness of developmental tasks associated with the aging process
- care of cognitively impaired residents:
- Techniques for addressing the unique needs and behaviors of the dementia patient
- communicating with cognitively impaired residents
- understanding the behavior of cognitively impaired residents
- appropriate responses to the behavior of cognitively impaired residents
- methods of reducing the effects of cognitive impairments
- basic restorative services
- training the resident in self care
- use of assistive devices in transferring, ambulation, eating, and dressing
- range of motion
- proper turning or positioning in bed and chair
- bowel and bladder training
- use of prosthetic and orthotic devices
- end of life care
Nursing Assistant Admission Requirements
- Age 16 and older
- Proof of citizenship or legal resident status
- Admissions test to assess English language, reading and math skills necessary to comprehend course materials and perform duties safely.
- No active felony (ARS32-1606) in the past 3 years for which have not received an absolute discharge
- Background check as required by clinical site
- Flu vaccination as required by clinical site (certain times a year)
- Medical clearance from medical provider
- Negative TB test or negative chest x-ray results no older than 6 months (TB Skin Test to be given during class)
Nursing Assistant Class Schedule
Length: 4 Weeks
1st Week: Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm
2nd Week: Mon-Fri 7:00am-4:00pm
4th Week: Mon 7:00am-12:00pm Finals
3rd Week: Monday-Thursday 6:00am-6:30pm
Length: 7 Weekends
Weekends Sat. & Sun. 7am-5pm
Weekends Sat. & Sun. 6am-6:30pm