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High-paying CNA jobs were once upon a time, a great golden goose. Mythological in nature, and only seen or heard of by a friend of a friend of a friend. Thanks to the internet, the myth becomes reality with a bit of help from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the online healthcare staffing agency smartphone application, NursaTM.

If you want to know how much a CNA makes, turn to the BLS for the simple answer. The BLS reports that the median income for a CNA in the year 2020 was $30,830 per year (broken down to $14.82 per hour). That provides some insight into the ballpark range that you can expect in this career, however when looking for high-paying CNA jobs, you need to dig a little deeper.

For example, consider that cost of living varies widely across the country. Simply doing a search to find the highest pay rates for CNA jobs won’t tell you the full story because often, although not always, the cost of living might cut into that paycheck at a steeper rate than in another geographic area with a slightly lower pay rate.

NursaTM offers temporary work for CNAs by connecting them to high-paying shifts all over. Currently, NursaTM has CNA shifts posted offering pay rates for CNAs as high as $24 per hour, which as noted above, is significantly higher than the median pay rate for CNAs in 2020.

More About CNAs

If you aren’t already a CNA but are looking at career opportunities, you will want to know what is a CNA exactly, and how much does a CNA make?

The acronym CNA means, a Certified Nursing Assistant. Sometimes CNAs are referred to as nurse aides or nursing assistants. CNA’s have to complete a state-approved training program on top of a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Once the training program is completed, they must pass a competency exam that includes written and practical components in order to be placed on the state registry. This program can vary a bit from state to state, so it’s necessary to get certified within the state you intend to work. Once your name is on the list you’re ready to start searching for CNA jobs near you.

CNA’s are vital to the functioning of a medical facility. They perform necessary supportive care to those who cannot do it for themselves often referred to as activities of daily living (ADLs). While the work is certainly not easy, it’s an honorable vocation. One that often serves as a launching pad further into the nursing profession due to the experience and perspective it yields.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

This month is dedicated to Alzheimer’s Awareness, and as such it is particularly fitting to spotlight this disease to current and future CNAs. According to the BLS, 37% of CNAs find employment in nursing home facilities and skilled nursing facilities, 27% in hospitals, and 11% in retirement communities. Therefore, the odds are high that as a CNA you will have contact with patients who suffer from dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Some of the highest-paid shifts available on NursaTM are for placements in skilled nursing facilities, and memory care or dementia care units in retirement communities.

Familiarize yourself with the stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia so you can better understand your patients who suffer from it and perhaps better cope with the challenges that accompany such a diagnosis. This will have the added side benefit to help you be more competitive for those high-paying shifts that you want to score.

The Alzheimer’s Association is “going purple” this June to spread awareness and inspiration. So, if your workplace allows it, be sure to get your purple scrubs out and put them into your work uniform rotation this month! 

Facts About Alzheimer’s 

  • There are 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnoses.
  • Over six million people in the United States have the disease, and by 2050 that number is projected to rise to 13 million.
  • About 200,000 of the six million Americans who have Alzheimer’s have early-onset: signs of Alzheimer’s can present as young as 30 years old.
  • Women make up the majority of Alzheimer’s patients in the United States, coming in at about two-thirds of the entirety. This is attributed to the fact that women tend to live longer than men, not to indicate a gender-based predisposition.
  • The number of deaths, in America, that are attributed to Alzheimer’s and dementia has increased by 16% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia kill more seniors than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.
  • From the year 2000 to the year 2019 the number of Alzheimer’s deaths increased 145.2%.
  • Patients 70 years old who have Alzheimer’s are 61% more likely to die by the age of 80.
  • Black Americans are almost twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementia as older white Americans.
  • Hispanic Americans are almost one and a half times as likely to have Alzheimer’s or other dementia as white Americans.
  • Approximately 30% of caregivers is a senior citizen (65 or older).
  • Over one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters.
  • A quarter of dementia caregivers are also providing care for children under 18 years old in their home.
  • The aforementioned facts have been sourced from the Alzheimer’s Association and the World Health Organization (WHO).

NursaTM Brings High Paying CNA Jobs to You

When you download our app, you’ll see how easy it is to find CNA shifts at hospitals, nursing care homes, and even home health near you. Create your own digital professional portfolio, and share it directly with hospitals and nursing care homes when you apply for a posted CNA job within our app. We bring it all to your fingertips while you to decide when you want to work, and where.

Written by Miranda Booher, RN

Miranda is a 13-year registered nurse with a healthy background in travel nursing and healthcare marketing. She brings an interesting combination of stellar copywriting skills and first-hand nursing experience to the table. Miranda understands the industry and has an impeccable ability to write about it. And speaking of travel - Miranda currently lives in Uruguay, though she maintains an active Registered Nurse license in the state of Ohio and stays current on the latest healthcare news through her writing. When she is not creating killer copy, or serving others through her work as a nurse, you can find her hanging out on the beach with her devoted husband, three beautiful kids, and their guardian Shepsky, Ashes.

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