A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is an health medical professional that works in a variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, and physician offices. CNAs generally work under the supervision of a registered nurse, performing direct patient care tasks. Job duties of a CNA may include taking patient vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living (bathing, eating, and mobility), administering medications, and attending to patient needs. The CNA reports any changes in patient condition to the registered nurse for further assessment. To be employed as a CNA, one must first complete a technical program to learn the skills necessary to be successful in the field. Coursework in a CNA program includes basic anatomy, pharmacology, and nursing skills. Programs generally range in length from 6 months to 1 year. After completion of a formal program, the title CNA is earned via passing a state certification exam. To be successful as a CNA, several qualities are needed. A good CNA must be organized, efficient, and able to multi-task. Attention to details is key. The job, although indoors, requires some physical ability. The strength to lift and move adult patients is required. CNAs generally work the same schedule as other health care personnel, either five 8-hour shifts per week or three 12-hour shifts per week. Hours can vary, and may include nights, weekends and holidays. Overall, a career as a CNA is a perfect choice for career stability and those dedicated to helping others.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Tasks
- Position, feed, bathe, dress and assist patients with grooming and other tasks.
- Observe patients' conditions, measure and record food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
- Assists with direct patient care under the supervision of the RN or other medical professionals.
- Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed.