A certified nurse's aide provides support to a number of professionals in a client's care. They may responsible for a wide range of tasks, such as taking a patient's vital signs and assisting patients at meal times.
They are also responsible for assisting a designated nurse or nurses with their responsibilities during the course of the day, through tasks such as maintaining documentation of patient information and logging updates on patient care in the facility's computer systems. Ensuring that all supplies are ready for patients' treatments, procedures, and care may be another responsibility of the certified nurse's aide; those duties may vary from ensuring that tools are sterilized to preparing rooms to communicating with the patient so they have a good understanding of the treatment.
The certified nurse's aide generally work in a medical setting, such as a hospital, clinic, or long-term care facility. The hours worked may vary depending on the facility's hours of operation; however, the certified nurse's aid may work long hours and spend many hours on their feet.
A certified nurse's aide generally must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED, along with at least a year of experience in a similar care setting. Proper certification with the relevant state agency is also required for this position, as is comfort working in medical settings and the ability to use basic computer software. A certified nurse's aid must also be trustworthy, patient, and able to communicate effectively in a way that makes clients feel at ease.
Nurse's Aide (Certified) Tasks
Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.