More and more men are finding rewarding and profitable careers in healthcare. As technology replaces jobs that once required manpower, displaced workers are finding lucrative pay and job security caring for patients.
Part of the reason for this shift is availability. While computers and machines have replaced men in factories and offices, patient care continues to require the human element. Many men who become CNA’s do so because of the small time and expense required in exchange for the job security it affords. For a minimal fee of $250 – $1000 and a time investment of 1-3 months, a person can quickly step into a job position that allows them to multiply their earning potential. This can be critical for a primary breadwinner who has fallen victim to a sudden lay off or corporate downsizing.
Many male CNA’s enjoy working at the bedside, providing direct patient care to people in nursing homes and hospitals. The physical strength provided by the male CNA is a great source of comfort and security to patients who will often request the male CNA be assigned to them. For a person who is unsteady while standing or has pain while being repositioned, that additional strength provides a tremendous sense of safety and security.
While many men who become CNAs enjoy a life-long career at the bedside in the acute medical care or nursing home setting, some are drawn to the unique opportunities certified nurse assisting affords. Busy emergency rooms hire CNA’s to serve as ER techs, transporting patients, assisting with procedures, drawing blood and performing EKGs. Busy ERs can give rise to emotionally dramatic situations, and the physical strength of a male CNA can be invaluable in these situations.
Men also excel as CNA’s on the psychiatric unit. Tempers and emotions can quickly escalate and become unstable in this environment and hospitals often hire men to serve as psych techs in anticipation of these events.
Developmentally disabled adults often live in community housing or group homes. Because these individuals are often a step away from total independence, these homes hire personal care attendants to supervise daily activities. Male CNA’s make great personal care attendants as they oversee daily chores, supervise mealtime, and take residents on shopping and entertainment excursions.
As technological advances continue to phase out many jobs, the future of healthcare is secure. An aging population and increasing accessibility to healthcare solidifies the value of a certification as a nursing assistant…for women and men alike.