CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT (CNA) PPROGRAM
Welcome to Health Aid College of Nursing and Health Sciences (HACN&HS) in Islamabad, where we are proud to introduce our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Diploma Program. Our program aligns rigorously with the standards set by the prestigious Punjab Nursing Examination Board in Lahore, ensuring that our students receive education of the highest quality in the healthcare field.
SIGNIFICANCE OF CNA AS A PROFESSION
Becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant is not just a career choice; it’s a noble calling to provide essential care and support to patients. CNAs are invaluable healthcare professionals who make a significant impact at local and international levels. They uphold the highest standards of professionalism and ethics in the healthcare field.
WHAT DO CNAs DO?
CNAs serve as the frontline caregivers with a diverse range of responsibilities, including:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
CNAs assist patients with basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, and feeding, ensuring their comfort and well-being.
- Vital Signs Monitoring
They are trained to monitor vital signs like blood pressure, pulse rate, and temperature, providing crucial data for patient care decisions.
- Patient Condition Reporting
CNAs serve as the eyes and ears of the healthcare team, promptly reporting any changes in a patient’s condition to ensure timely intervention.
- Emotional Support
Beyond medical care, CNAs offer emotional support to patients and their families, helping them navigate the challenges of illness or injury.
PREPARING YOU FOR A PROFESSION IN NURSING
Our CNA program is dedicated to preparing you for a rewarding career in nursing through a rigorous academic curriculum. The program covers a diverse range of subjects, including:
- Science Focus
You’ll delve into essential sciences like Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology, providing you with a solid foundation in medical knowledge.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
Subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Pakistan Studies, Islamic Studies, and English equip you with valuable insights into human behavior and cultural competence.
- Research Focus
You will gain expertise in research methodologies, biostatistics, data analysis, and quality improvement, enabling you to contribute to evidence-based nursing practice.
- Nursing Science
The core of the program lies in nursing science courses, where you’ll explore Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Nutrition, and various nursing specialties such as Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Obstetric Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Community Health Nursing, and Health Assessment.
CNA LEARNING OUTCOMES
Our CNA program has specific learning outcomes to ensure you are well-prepared for your role as a healthcare professional:
- Adapting to Change
You will learn to adapt to the evolving healthcare landscape, aligning your practice with the changing needs of the Pakistani healthcare system.
- Innovative Nursing Care
Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary collaboration, health promotion, cultural competence, and the integration of technology into nursing practice.
- Clinical Excellence
Throughout your training, you’ll gain hands-on experience in a dynamic clinical environment, enabling you to provide high-quality, evidence-based nursing care.
- Lifelong Learning
We instill a commitment to lifelong learning, fostering critical thinking and continuous professional development.
Our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program is founded on a deep commitment to providing exceptional patient-centered care while upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethics within the healthcare field.
At the heart of our program’s philosophy is the unwavering belief that every individual, regardless of their health condition, deserves to receive care that is tailored to their unique needs and preferences. We instill in our students a profound sense of responsibility and empathy, emphasizing that the well-being and comfort of the patient are paramount.
We place a strong emphasis on excellence in basic patient care. Our CNA program equips students with the comprehensive knowledge and essential skills necessary to deliver top-quality care. This includes assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs), diligently monitoring vital signs, and ensuring the utmost comfort and safety of every patient under their care. We instill in our students a sense of professionalism and ethics that compels them to uphold the highest standards in their practice.
Effective teamwork and collaboration within the healthcare team are fundamental aspects of our philosophy. We recognize that effective communication and cooperation are essential to achieving the best patient outcomes. CNAs are educated to work harmoniously with registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide the best care possible.
Our program fosters a culture of lifelong learning, acknowledging the ever-evolving nature of the healthcare field. CNAs are encouraged to embrace continuous professional development, ensuring they remain up-to-date with the latest best practices in patient care. We believe that a commitment to ongoing education not only enhances the skills and knowledge of our CNAs but also elevates the quality of care they provide.
Advocacy for patients is another cornerstone of our philosophy. CNAs are empowered to be strong advocates for patient safety, comfort, and quality care. They are trained to identify and address the needs and rights of patients, ensuring their voices are heard and respected.
Cultural competence is a paramount aspect of our program. We emphasize the importance of providing culturally sensitive care that respects the diversity of backgrounds and beliefs among patients. Effective communication skills are honed, enabling CNAs to engage with patients, their families, and the healthcare team in a clear and empathetic manner.
Furthermore, our CNA program instills a commitment to promoting health and wellness. CNAs are not just caregivers; they are also health promoters, aiding patients in maintaining and improving their health through preventive measures and health education.
In the dynamic and sometimes challenging healthcare environment, adaptability and resilience are qualities we nurture. CNAs graduate from our program prepared to adapt to shifting circumstances and demonstrate unwavering resilience in the face of adversity, guaranteeing consistent and high-quality care.
CNA CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Upon successful completion of our CNA program, you will be well-prepared for a fulfilling career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. CNAs have diverse job opportunities in various healthcare settings, including:
Work on medical and surgical floors, emergency departments, and specialized units.
- Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities
Provide ongoing care to residents in these settings.
- Home Healthcare
Visit patients in their homes to provide care and support.
- Hospice Care
Offer compassionate care to patients with terminal illnesses and support their families.
- Rehabilitation Centers
Assist patients recovering from injuries or surgeries on their journey to independence.
- Clinics and Outpatient Facilities
Contribute to patient care and administrative tasks in outpatient settings.
- Psychiatric Facilities
Provide care and support to patients with psychiatric conditions.
- Schools and Educational Institutions
Some CNAs work in schools, assisting with the healthcare needs of students.
- Correctional Facilities
CNAs may find employment in prisons and correctional institutions, providing healthcare services to inmates.
- Military Healthcare
CNAs can also work in military healthcare settings, assisting with the medical needs of military personnel and their families.
CNA ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- FSc (Pre-Medical) with 45% minimum marks
- Matric in Science (Biology) with 45% minimum marks
- Matric (Arts) with 50% minimum marks, FA with 50% minimum marks
- 50% minimum marks in the HACN&HS internal entry test is a prerequisite for admission
- 2 years
CNA SCHEME OF STUDIES
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Pediatric Nursing
- Medical & Surgical
- Community Health Nursing