Today’s CNA students have the desire to provide quality care to others and the desire to learn as much as they can. However, facilities and the healthcare industry at large must understand that the way today’s CNA students approach training and careers is much different than it was but a generation ago.
1. Today’s CNA students have less time
Not everyone discovers the passion for providing care right out of high school. Additionally, the opportunity to become a CNA may not have been readily present at an early age. In that time, many of today’s CNA students have found themselves with families, bills to pay, and full-time jobs. With so much on their plates, finding the time to take training courses may be difficult for people who would otherwise seek a career in healthcare.
2. Becoming a CNA is major transition instead of a first job
Most people who become CNAs want careers in the healthcare industry. The conflict arises with the training requirements. Since many prospective CNAs already have jobs, allotting time for training and the commute to and from class often means reducing their hours, thereby bringing home less pay. Unfortunately, many of today’s jobs are not as amenable to workers changing their schedules, and a good portion of CNA students simply cannot risk potential unemployment to finish training.
3. Today’s CNA students are more tech savvy
Many prospective CNA students will turn down jobs and opportunities if they feel an environment isn’t making the best use of available equipment and technology, and this includes training methods. In today’s environment, a number of students will pass up CNA training if the courses are provided by vendors who use outdated materials, or who do not take full advantage of the tech platforms available for lectures and instructions.
4. Today’s CNA students prefer online learning
All of the above factors can be summed up by the sheer number of CNA students who are looking for an online training alternative to the classroom setting. CNAonline provides a blend of online coursework with in-person, hands-on clinical skills training at a potential hiring facility. We use AHCA’s nationally-acclaimed curriculum, How to Be a Nurse Assistant, online 24/7, complete with a professional instructor, e-book and audiobook formats, lectures, videos, easy material reviews and more. Our hybrid approach gives CNA students the flexibility they require for their busy schedules, so they do not have to risk losing their jobs or neglecting other responsibilities, and the opportunity to be hired by the facility where they receive hands-on training.
5. Today’s CNA students do not read help wanted ads
Advertising open positions for CNAs uses budget allowances and yields few results. The new generation uses social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, to find their dream careers. CNAonline’s model allows students flexibility and the opportunity to learn hands-on skills in a facility that may hire them when they receive their professional license, This is a win-win for both students and facilities.
Reach out to us today to learn more about how our online CNA training program can help you.