If you’re planning to assist patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), you might need a few resources to help you succeed in a variety of nursing settings — including your studies. Your services might provide care to patients of any age, ethnicity or gender, and you may deal with any number of chronic diseases, disabilities or accidents. The following 25 amazing online study resources for CNA students range from organizational resources to peer-related tips to sites that provide detailed information about diseases and aging issues. We also provide sites that can support you throughout your CNA journey.
- Aging & Disability Services Administration: ADSA serves adults with chronic illnesses or conditions and people of all ages with developmental disabilities. All long-term care and Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) services are voluntary, which can provide a great free resource for any CNA.
- American Nurses Association: The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Although this organization is for RNs, they have many open materials available online.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) provides education, service, and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection. Use this site to advance in your CNA studies quickly.
- National Network of Career Nursing Assistants: Career Nurse Assistants’ Programs, Inc. is also known as the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants, a non-profit, tax exempt, educational organization promoting recognition, education, research, advocacy and peer support development for nursing assistants in nursing homes and other long term care settings.
- The Cross Cultural Health Care Program: This program contains a nationally-recognized medical interpreter training program, Bridging the Gap, which has been useful in training thousands of professionals around the United States and internationally.
- CareGiving: This site offers a blog, free Webinars, online support groups and projects geared toward learning how to caregive. Use some of the information for yourself to help relieve student stress!
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response: This site is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
- GeroNurseOnline: As the official Website of the American Nurses Association’s Nurse Competence in Aging initiative, consider GeroNurseOnline.org a go-to Website for authoritative links, materials, and information about nursing care for older adults.
- National Institute on Aging Caregiver Guide: Each day dealing with a person with Alzheimer’s disease brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Learn how to cope here.
- Nurse Assistant & Home Nursing: Dalhousie University provides these resources, which range from ostomy to vital signs and feeding to range of motion exercises. An invaluable resource to have at hand!
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Special Needs [PDF]: Prepared by FEMA and the Red Cross, this document covers how to care for Americans during emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism, especially those individuals who have sensory or cognitive disabilities.
- UTMB Nursing Service Student Orientation Manual: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is a major academic health science center. Take advantage of this free resource to stay on track with your nursing skills.
Diseases and Disabilities
- Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.
- American Cancer Society: As a leader in cancer control since 1913, the American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives from cancer and reducing the global threat of the disease.
- American Red Cross: Over the years, this organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
- Arthritis Foundation: The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: if you want to keep up with government health and safety information, this site the most efficient way to manage that goal. Annually, there are close to 500 million page views to the site, averaging 41 million page views per month.
- National Council on Disability: NCD is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.6
- 4CNAs: This is an online magazine for Certified Nursing Assistants. Use their information to answer questions you may have about your profession as you advance in your schooling.
- Care.com: Learn more about the job market in your chosen profession through this site. Once you graduate, you can post your resume and create a free profile and search for a job near you.
- Direct Care Alliance, Inc.: The Direct Care Alliance is a nationwide and state-based alliance of direct care workers, employers and people of all ages and disabilities who use long-term services, care and supports.
- Just for CNAs: You’ll find professional inservices here to keep you updated on various topics. At this time, their inservices are approved for use by nursing assistants in every state except California.
- Nursing Assistant Resources: This blogger has been a nursing assistant for 25 years, then a CNA and an LNA. This blog provides information that you may not find elsewhere from a person who has learned the ropes.
- Nursing Assistant Resources on the Web: A great blog managed by Ainslie Johnson that provides blogs, Web sites, tips and other information for nursing assistants. This is another site that provides insider information, rather than top-down advice.
- PHI National: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute works to improve the lives of people who need home or residential care — by improving the lives of the workers who provide that care.