What Is A Travel Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)—And How Can You Become One?

A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is someone under the supervision of a registered nurse that provides direct care to patients. A traveling CNA goes to the home of a patient to provide this care, and typically works for an agency that specializes in home health care. Although many of the duties and responsibilities of a regular CNA and a traveling CNA are the same, a traveling CNA also can provide care from one healthcare setting to another. Responsibilities of a traveling CNA may include:

  • Administering medication
  • Monitoring nutritional requirements
  • Assisting with basic daily tasks and chores
  • Communicating with the nurse, doctor, or family
  • Assisting patients in exercise and mobility practices
  • Measuring vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and blood pressure
  • Recording any changes in medical condition
  • Being on-call to provide aid for patients as needed

How To Become A Traveling CNA

The training to become a traveling CNA is very similar to the training necessary to receive a typical CNA license. Besides passing a CNA certification exam, you will need to complete a state-approved theory CNA training course, which can be done in community colleges, high schools, or even online, and a minimum of 75 hours of in-person clinical requirements. During the CNA training, students will learn about topics such as infection control, documentation, taking vital signs, providing direct patient care, anatomy and physiology, legal and ethical issues, and end-of-life care. 

CNA programs also require a list of paperwork including:

  • Social security card
  • Clean background check
  • Proof of education
  • ID card

In addition to the typical paperwork required, employers will also require a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, since a travel CNA will spend a significant amount of time moving from home to home. 

Becoming a traveling CNA is a great opportunity to gain medical experience and see the world. Despite your specialty, there are many benefits when you make yourself mobile while doing what you love. Ready for your next travel nurse assignment? Check out our job board for the latest travel nurse jobs in the top travel nurse locations!

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