Some individuals will use their knowledge as a CNA to bridge the gap to further their career and become an LPN or RN. Interestingly, a large number of CNAs are already in a nursing school program and use this career as a chance to learn more about the healthcare world and gain additional real-world application and knowledge.
Others become a CNA in order to determine if they want to continue to the next step in their healthcare journey. Read on to learn how to earn your CNA certification and everything you need to know about the career.
Certified Nursing Assistants Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Turning or repositioning patients
- Gathering supplies for the RN or MD
- Obtaining vital signs per protocol
- Answering patient calls/bells
- Bathing patients
- Documentation of information obtained
- Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
- Combing hair, shaving, caring for nails and brushing teeth
- Cleaning rooms and bed linens
- Stocking supplies
- Preparing rooms for admissions
- Helping with medical procedures
- Dressing wounds
- Assisting patients with elimination
Common Work Settings for Certified Nursing Assistants
• Long-term residential facilities
• Nursing homes
• Rehabilitation centers
• Adult daycare centers
• Rarely, clinical facilities
Nursing homes and adult care facilities are often the most common places where nursing assistants are needed. Rarely nursing assistants will work in clinical settings, but that doesn't happen very often.