Certified Nursing Assistant - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Certified Nursing Assistant




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Job Description

 

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are there whenever a patient has a need for help with personal care. CNAs are there to help their patients, regardless of age, to perform the most basic daily tasks.

They work under the supervision of a licensed nurse and play a key role in the lives of their patients.

Nurses’ aides typically have extensive daily contact with each patient. They are also responsible for keeping the nurse up to date on important information about their patients.

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Responsibilities

 

A nurse’s aide or nursing assistant may provide assistance with any of the following tasks:

  • Getting dressed

  • Bathing and skin care routines

  • Feeding

  • Oral and hair care

  • Making beds

  • Assisting with toileting needs or catheter or ostomy care

  • Bladder and bowel care

  • Obtaining vital signs (checking blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respirations)

  • Assisting patients with walking

  • Assisting with range-of-motion exercises

  • Using patient handling devices safely to assist wheelchair-bound patients

  • Turning and properly positioning bedridden patients on a regular schedule

  • Making prompt reports to the nurse when a change is observed in a patient

  • Keen awareness of safety

  • Observing, reporting and documentation

  • Providing post-mortem care

 

All states requires the successful completion of a state licensure exam for all nursing assistants who work in nursing homes. The nursing assistant must be state-approved and be listed on the state registry.

The levels of certification for nursing assistants are certified (CNA), licensed (LNA) or state tested and approved (STNA).

The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants can provide more information about a career as a certified nursing assistant.

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Skills

  

Service-Oriented

Must want to help people. You will not be able to complete some of the tasks if you don't have an affinity to help others.

Organizational

Must be able to compartmentalize tasks and duties. Keep documents and records orderly and not mix up important documents or medications.

Technical

Must be well versed in taking vital signs; temperature, blood pressure, pulses and respiration. Must be able to collect specimens, and recording results on those specimens.

Communication

Must be able to talk between patients, nurses, doctors, and family members. Must speak clearly and pass information effectively.

Empathy

Show empathy to their patients. Must be able to show compassion to those who are at a vulnerable and trying time in their lives.

Patient Assistance

Must be comfortable bathing, dressing, feeding patients. Help them move, sit, and assist them with bedpans.

Indirect Care

Keep areas clean, patients comfy, meet needs, create a safe environment.

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Working Conditions

 

Because of staffing shortages in recent years, many nursing assistants find themselves in a position of attempting to provide quality care to a high number of patients at one time.

The stress of these working conditions, along with the job’s heavy workload and the physical demands, make the turnover rate high for nursing assistants.

Nursing assistants have multiple options when it comes to employment locations:

  • Hospitals

  • Nursing homes

  • Hospice

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Home health care

  • Community based long-term care programs

  • Correctional institutions

  • Adult or child day care facilities

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
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07.19.2018
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