To obtain training to work at a nursing home, an individual should attend a nursing aide program at a high school, technical or vocational school, community college, or training offered by nursing homes, advises U.S. News & World Report. Positions that do not involve patient care, such as orderlies, may require no specialized training beyond on-the-job training.
To work in a nursing home as a certified nursing assistant, an individual must obtain state certification, advises the Houston Chronicle. Most states require nursing aides and attendants complete a training program, pass an examination and criminal background check to earn a license. Individuals also need to complete at lease 12 hours of continuing education classes yearly after being certified, depending on individual state requirements, notes U.S. News & World Report.
All states require at least a 75-hour training course to be certified as a nursing assistant, advises U.S. News & World Report. Nursing homes typically offer in-house training programs for certified nursing assistants in exchange for a commitment to work at the facility for a specified time. The training program covers the basics of patient care, medical ethics, safety and spotting signs of illness in patients, advises the Houston Chronicle.
Certified nursing assistants provide assistance to nursing home residents in routine daily activities, including bathing, dressing and exercise, explains the Houston Chronicle. Some states allow certified nursing assistants to perform more involved tasks, such as administering medication. Nursing homes and elder-care facilities employ the majority of certified nursing assistants and have high demand for new applicants due to high turnover.