One thing that you’re going to have to get used to when working as a CNA is the constant background checks that you’ll have to go through in order to find employment. You shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that you have to have a background check to work as a CNA as most jobs these days require some kind of check.
For the most part, you will only have to endure a background check about your references and, possibly, your criminal record in most states. This is to ensure that you’re not a habitual offender of your patients.
If you’re honest on your references and paperwork and you can easily pass the background checks, then you’re most likely going to get hired with ease. Although, there are going to be times when a certain state or facility will require you to pass a credit check, for the most part, they’re not really warranted as being essential to your employment. You should be aware, though, that there are some states that won’t even let a simple misdemeanor go by unpunished and you will not be able to get a job if one shows up.
The reason that you’ll need to go through such checks is that the patients require the utmost care on your part. There have been numerous instances where the care givers have been abusing and stealing from their patients because they’re seen as an easy target. These days, there have been checks and balances put into place so that things like that don’t happen as often as they used to. There are still some out there that can work around the system, but they are few and far between anymore.
Different states will require different checks before you can be employed by them, and you’ll need to make sure that you can pass those checks before you go in for the interview process. If you’re unable to pass any of their checks and you have been found not to be hirable, then they’re required by state law to post this information for any future employers that you might talk to. This keeps certain individuals out of the care facilities to maintain that balance of good care and respectable employees. It is very important for you to understand and know about the checks that you’ll need to go through in your state because of this.
While it may seem unfair to certain people, the rules have been put into place for the patients so that they can get the best possible care that is available to them. Without these aspects, the patients could end up being looked after by all kinds of people that probably shouldn’t be looking after people that need the help that a CNA can provide.