Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Summary:

A certified nursing assistant, also known as a nurse assistant or CNA, provides health care for clients and patients at home, hospitals and other facilities such as SNFs under the direction of a nurse. They often help people under their care perform day-to-day tasks and play a vital role at hospitals and other facilities. A CNAs main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. Because of the personal nature of the job, a certified nursing assistant job description must include people skills and the ability to be compassionate and enjoy helping others. In nursing or long-term care facilities, a CNA is often a patient’s main caregiver. CNAs report to either registered nurses or licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses. They should have phenomenal communication skills since it’s their job to bring all patient concerns and issues to their supervisor. CNAs also serve as a conduit between patients and nurses and doctors and record and communicate all issues to medical staff. 

 

CNA duties include, but are not limited to:

*Providing excellent patient care and maintaining patient safety

*Answer patient calls and determining how to best help them

*Complies with HIPAA Privacy Act

*Observe/Report any changes in patient condition, patient behavior/complaints/physical symptoms to appropriate nursing and/or medical staff

*Collect information about conditions and treatment plans from caregivers, nurses and doctors

*Accurately obtain and record VS including blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature

*Providing patient support with ADLs such as bathing/showering, oral care, hygiene, and dressing

*Ensuring patients receive appropriate diet/meals/nutritional supplements and assist with feeding/meal process as needed

*Calculate accurate intake and output 

*Assist patient with any/all aspects of toileting 

*Maintain clean patient environment, change bed linens, restock needed items

*Help patients ambulate, range of motion exercises, transfer from bed to chair/wheelchair etc. or assist with turning and repositioning of bedridden patients

*Set up medical equipment and assist with some medical procedures such as collecting specimens

*Assisting patients with medications (depending on their state’s regulations)


CNA Minimum Requirements:

  • Current State Certified Nursing Assistant Certification
  • Diploma from accredited CNA program
  • 1 year working experience as a CNA
  • Current BLS (AHA preferred)
  • 18 years or older
  • Current driver’s license or State ID
  • Current TB screen
  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process
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