Lompoc Adult School provides career guidance/planning and online CNA training to CNA candidates.
The program consists of personal interview and online course work.
Candidates who successfully pass our program (minimum 80%) score required) receive a certificate and a recommendation to the Lompoc Comprehensive Care Center CCC for consideration to enter their next CNA training and certification program. (The next CCC program is scheduled for August 2023.)
Candidates who do not appear to be aligned to CNA work will not receive a recommendation.
A career as a CNA should provide an enriching experience for those who want to help people, make a difference in patients' daily lives, and enter a profession without committing to earning a degree. It is also ideal for those seeking variety in the workday, job stability, and opportunities for advancement.
Being a CNA is hard because they have lots of responsibilities. They are expected to keep tight schedules while working on their feet all day. This, coupled with low pay and not wide-enough recognition, are just some of the things that make working as a nursing assistant difficult.
What is a typical work schedule like for a full-time CNA? You can expect to work five 8 hour shifts in a row with two days off every week. These shifts can be during the daytime, afternoon, or nighttime hours. CNAs are also commonly offered 12-hour shifts, three days per week.
CNAs work with patients, care teams and facility staff to assist nurses and provide basic care to their patients. Their primary duties include checking their patients' vital signs, bathing and grooming them, serving them meals and assisting senior nurses and physicians during medical procedures. Their full responsibility may include:
Helping patients perform basic hygiene functions, like bathing, cleaning, washing and brushing teeth
Assisting patients with daily tasks like dressing, grooming and eating
Moving and repositioning patients with limited mobility
Monitoring patient vitals, including their heart rate and blood pressure, and recording those observations
Assisting nurses with their clinical and administrative duties
Administering medications and minor treatments to patients
Maintaining hygienic conditions by cleaning and disinfecting rooms and wards
Monitoring and stocking clinical supplies
Cleaning and dressing wounds and changing bandages
Documenting patient information and progress for physicians, nurses and other health care staff