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CNA Shortages

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Think you have a demanding job?

Full time CNA's or Certified Nurses Assistants, work 12-hour shifts and they are vital to the operation of a hospital. The career is constantly in shortage, yet can be very worthwhile.

St. Vincent Healthcare Nursing Director of Medical Surgical Services Katie Roedocker describes the responsibilities of a CNA.

"They help assist them with vital signs, bathing, showering, they support the nurses and any tests or procedures that they're doing," says Roedocker.

CNA's are essential to running a hospital. Every time they work, each CNA is assigned a number of patients.

But at times in the Magic City, the job can have a high turnover rate, and it can be a frustrating line of work. At Billings Clinic around 200 CNA's are employed at the hospital and its CNA program helps to maintain a high retention rate. CNA Larry Bradley is already looking forward to pursuing a physician's assistant education.

"Sometimes patient care can really wear you down," says Bradley.

But Bradley says his role as a CNA grounds him.

"Its a really humbling and gratifying job. I think more people will like it and they should try it," says Bradley.

Recruiters are always on the hunt for qualified CNA's. And while it's not for everyone, it can be a really rewarding career. If you are interested in becoming a CNA, you must complete a CNA course and pass a certification exam.