A few weeks ago we provided a detailed article about CNA training with the Red Cross, however were were unable to provide specifics in relation to the the course, since they were not available at that time. However, Red Cross has now published their new guidelines for this year in relation to their Nursing Assistant training program.
Why Would You Train With The Red Cross?
At present, the cost of CNA training is likely to extend above $1,000 and for some people that price is simply too expensive, especially where they have families to support and only work part time. The Red Cross nursing assistant training program provides some free grants for those students who qualify, making the Red Cross training a good program for people looking to complete their CNA training free in their state.
What’s Involved In The Red Cross CNA Training Program?
The Red Cross training program for CNAs, like other CNA training programs, meets all of the requirements set out by the state within which they operate. Their training program includes all of the following elements:
- How to take, record and understand a patients baseline vital signs, including blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, respiration rate and oxygen saturations (SpO2).
- How to help patients to maintain their own activities of daily living (ADLs) through assistance with personal hygiene, assistance with toileting and assistance with nutritional intake.
- How to move and handle objects and patients safely in the workplace, including safe moving and handling techniques.
- Understanding correct escalation processes, including communication of vital information to other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
The above list isn’t exhaustive, other things will be covered, however for the most part these are the main elements you will come across in the Red Cross CNA training program.
How Long Is The Red Cross Training Program?
The Red Cross training program will usually last around 4 weeks, with full time study through practical and theoretical training programs. During this time you will work alongside other trainee nursing assistants to complete your training. Uniforms are also usually provided.
What Are The Requirements For Red Cross CNA Training Courses?
To get onto a Red Cross CNA training program, you will need to meet the following mandatory requirements, as well as those standard CNA training requirements:
- Take and pass a simple reading test
- Have a criminal record check completed and have no prohibitive offences listed
- Take and pass and physical health examination
- You must be at least 16 years of age, although some organisations will require you to be 18 years or over before they employ you
How Do You Qualify For Free Red Cross CNA Training?
Not all Red Cross training programs are free, the cost of the Red Cross course is around $1,300 if you don’t qualify for the free grant.
In order to get the free CNA training with Red Cross, you will need to meet the following mandatory requirements:
- You must already earn less than $8 or less per hour
- You must be working 20 hours or less per week at your current job
Each grant application is treated on an individual basis and a full assessment is usually completed before giving out the free grant.
The Red Cross have programs running at present for successful applicants, these are available and running through until mid 2013. To find out more about the programs and classes offered by the Red Cross, you will need to contact your closest Red Cross Chapter.