4 Reasons Why Becoming a Nursing Assistant is a Good Start to Your Career in Healthcare

Being a nursing assistant, or Certified Nurse Assistant – CNA, means working in healthcare centers and hospitals where you will be helping patients with their regular, daily needs, as well as monitor their overall health. This includes measuring their temperature, blood pressure, sugar level, and make sure that their food is brought in accordance with their dietary restrictions. This means bathing patients, helping them move, especially if they are elders or if they have suffered an accident that has left the patient with a temporary or permanent mobility impairment. You will be working under the supervision of registered nurses, and below, we have analyzed the benefits of being a CNA.

1.    You only need a training course

You do not need a college degree in order to be a CNA. Certifications are issued by the state, and all you need to do is undergo a training accredited by the state. You will receive further training on the job, because a CNA needs to be able to individualize and make sure that each patient receives the type of care calibrated to their needs, rather than follow overall guidelines for all patients. You will need to learn some basic procedures and protocols, which is why it is important to obtain as much knowledge as possible from the training courses.

2.    Certification

Before you become eligible to work as a nursing assistant, and begin your career in healthcare by proxy, you will need to get a certification which will give you the title of certified nursing assistant, or CNA, which will make you eligible for working in the field. You will need to sit through the Certified Nursing Assistant Competency Test. It is a mandatory exam where your skills and knowledge from the training program are tested, and your proficiency as a nursing assistant is established. In some states, you can look for work even before you’ve sat the exam, but for no longer than four months before you sit the exam.

3.    Easy to begin your career as CNA

Certified nursing assistants are in high demand, and you will not have any trouble finding work after you’ve finished the training courses and taken the licensure exam. There are plenty of work opportunities in many different work settings, and the best thing about it is that if you wish to extend your knowledge and widen your prospects, you will be encouraged by most hospitals and health centers to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or an associate’s degree and become a registered nurse, which is a step upward in your career in healthcare.

4.    Furthering your career is easy and diverse

One of the best aspects of being a certified nursing assistant is the career prospects and opportunities. Many workplaces and employers aid their employees in obtaining higher degrees so that they can undertake more complicated tasks. When it comes to nursing, if you work at a big metropolitan hospital, you can specialize in many different healthcare fields, from pharmacology to neonatal nursing. There is no limit to fields or specializations – all of them are needed and nurses in many different fields are in high demand. So you can choose any of those without losing your position – only gaining a promotion which is highly beneficial for you and your career.


Red-eyed Tree Frog, or Red-eyed Leaf Frog. This female was photographed a long time ago at the OTS Finca La Selva Biological Station near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in Costa Rica. As strikingly brilliant as it’s red eyes may be, vocally this is a most unimpressive frog–as it’s dry weak “cluck” sound confirms, you can’t have everything.

Frogs and toads hop, swim, crawl and climb across all continents except Antarctica. Their variety and diversity increases as you move from the colder regions towards the equator. It is the warm humid tropical forest realms that have the greatest number of species. Here, in this moist and near constant temperature, species have evolved and specialized over thousands of years. Frogs fill a variety of niches, nooks and crannies, from typical pond and streams, the forest leaf litter, to the canopy.

Costa Rica lies squarely in the tropics, at a crossroads connecting North and South America. This “rich coast” country, is bordered to the east by the warm Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. In between these coasts, lie lowland jungles, mountain forest draped in mosses, alpine tundra, and dry forest–and all adorned with anurans (frogs and toads that is).

Costa Rica hosts 133 species of frogs and toads placed into 8 families. Frogs and toads together form the Order Anura. This is where the term anurans comes from, just another way of saying those amphibians without tails, the “frogs and toads”. The Costa Rican Anurans are a very diverse lot, including dazzlingly gaudy poison dart frogs, and nearly invisibly camouflaged eleutherodactylid litter frogs. Their numbers include the pinky-nail sized froglets, to the fist-sized Smoky Jungle Frog, and behemoth (larger than fist-sized) Marine Toad,. There are short legged ground dwellers, strong-legged pond hoppers, and suction-cupped equipped long-limbed leaf-climbers, all finding food, trying not to be food, and seeing that enough of their frog eggs make it to adult frogs, to survive in a dynamic world.

Peeping, croaking, barking, whistling, rattling, and trilling are a few of the descriptions of frogs calling. Why do frogs call? The quick answer is to attract a mate, and to defend a territory (at least that’s why birds do). Many frogs call infrequently or not at all outside of the breeding season. In an evergreen rainforest environment, breeding occurs when sufficient rain has filled temporary breeding ponds and pools. Such temporary breeding areas will at times explode into a cacophony of several species of frogs all calling and competing for mates. This in turn attract still more frogs to the chorus, as well as frog predators.

The fact that so many frogs are nocturnal–that they operate under the cover of darkness, and that their predominant colorings are greens, browns, tans, and banded or blotched with darker tones, just yells or rather whispers “cryptic, camouflage and stealth”. Yet when it is the breeding season–they grab a megaphone, and turn it up to max and yell, “Hey, Hey, Over Here”, and yell they do with all of of their might, over and over again. OK, Megaphone–no, but an amplifying device called a vocal sac yes.. We’ve all seen the images of the frog with the inflated vocal sac under the chin. The male frogs inflate this sac, and then pushes air through vocal slits in the throat, causing vibrations. These vibrations then resonate in this pressurized air-filled sac or membrane. The point is, that frogs that often act more like army men on a mission than show-off poison-dart frogs, are now making a lot of noise, and in doing so they are putting themselves at great risk. They do this for the survival of their genes, and their species. Apparently, there’s no frog future without pond side peril in the form of pursuing predators in the present. So they squeak, chur, chip chirp and growl for all they are worth. And to a sound recordist, their calls and utterances, place them amongst the most worthy.