The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that nursing aides and healthcare support occupation jobs will increase in number by roughly 20% to 34% in the next ten years. This makes it clear that working as a CNA in New York is a “sure thing” in terms of employment opportunities. Let’s look at the ways you might work in this industry after taking CNA classes in New York.
Clearly, the only challenge is finding the most appropriate CNA or nursing job in New York for your professional needs, skills, or wishes. The first thing to do is to do an online search using the most common “portals”, such as CNAJobsAmerica.com.
These sites give you an immediate view of the current job market in the city and its surrounding areas. You can also do a broader search using standard search engines for employment such as Indeed.com or Monster.com.
We would also suggest that you consider using staffing solutions that place an emphasis on filling New York area medical facilities with trained and certified CNA and nursing related staff. These would include:
Remember that you will have to demonstrate training and licensing if you are to work as a CNA or other similar medical support professional.
The job description for the CNA in New York indicates that this is a career in which you provide basic patient care under the direction of a nursing staff. You will feed, bathe, dress, groom, and move patients. You will also change linens and handle a few other similar tasks. All of these duties require that you are licensed by the New York State Department of Health.
To obtain licensing you have to pass a NY State prescribed CNA course from an accredited institution, and then you must pass the State Certification Exam. The average amount of time required for training is between 130 and 160 hours. Most students spend a portion of their time in the classroom, and the remainder is dedicated to clinical or “hands on” learning in a health care facility.
Though this approach is similar to the methods used in other states, your CNA licensing in New York applies only to New York State. If you wish to take the career outside of the state, you would then be required to pass the appropriate exams for that region, etc.
The need for CNAs is quite high in New York and there are ways of obtaining training for free from the New York State Department of Labor (via its Workforce New York program), but the following centers are among the most frequently chosen:
- City College of New York Continuing & Professional Studies – this is a 130 hour program and one of the most affordable.
You can also visit the NYSED.gov website Office of Professions to find out about all of the approved New York State Nursing Programs for CNAs.
With roughly 184 hospitals in the New York and NY Metro area, plus 42 nursing homes in Kings County (which contains the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island), you have a lot of employment opportunities. We suggest that you consider the following hospitals in the metro area:
- New York Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia in Cornell – as the #1 ranked facility in New York it is likely to have a lot of need for CNAs.
- NYU Langone Medical Center – ranked nationally as the 13th best for specialty healthcare in the nation, it too will have many demands for CNAs.
- Mount Sinai Medical Center – as the third best hospital in the city this is a good spot for CNA and nursing work.
Keep in mind that the largest measured growth sectors in New York in the past decade included health services. This means that it is possible to find work quite easily as a home healthcare or personal care provider, but salary will not be as significant.
Pay within the nursing industry varies considerably. The median annual Certified Nursing Assistant salary in New York, NY is $39,050, as of August 18, 2020, with a range usually between $32,440-$46,826 not including bonus and benefit information and other factors that impact base pay (Salary.com).
Though you spend a short amount of time training to become a CNA, you will cover the following subjects:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Basic Nursing Skills
- Personal Care Skills
- Mental health and Social Service Needs
- Care of Cognitively Impaired Residents
- Basic Restorative Services
- Resident’s Rights
- Supervised Clinical Training with Nursing Home Residents
In addition to completing your CNA classes in New York, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the following qualities are essential to success as well: “Compassion…Patience…Speaking Skills” as these too will help you in your daily work.
- CNA Training Centers
- Street Address
- Phone Number
|City College of New York Continuing-Professional Studies
|160 Convent Ave
|Mandl School the College of Allied Health
|254 West 54th Street
|163 West 125th Street
|The Manhattan Institute
|255 Fifth Avenue