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Training of Home Health Aides and Nurse Aides: Findings from National Data

Journal Article
June 1, 2012

This study examines the differences in how certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and home health aides (HHAs) perceive training experiences. The authors find that a significantly larger percentage of HHAs felt better prepared to do their jobs as a result of their initial training as compared to CNAs. A majority of HHAs and CNAs participated in continuing education programs after their initial training. Most of them found the additional training to be useful.

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Key Takeaways

More than 80% of HHAs and all CNAs received some initial training.
Significantly more HHAs than CNAs felt that training had prepared them "very well" for their jobs.
About 75% of HHAs and CNAs that received continuing education found this training to be "very useful."
 
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