Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Career
Certified Nurse Assistant: Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) provide basic nursing duties under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). CNAs are not registered nurses so do not have the powers of a nurse, but they provide assistance to registered nurses in their duties. CNAs are often very experienced but are unable to perform many advanced duties due to legal issues and lack of full training.
Working as a CNA gives an individual a good insight into the healthcare profession. A temporary job as a CNA is used by many potential nurses so they can test the water before committing to a four year degree program.
The main duties of a Certified Nurse Assistant include:
- Observing patients.
- Reporting any findings to the supervising Nurse.
- Ability to administer first aid and CPR.
- Assisting Registered Nurses in their daily duties.
- Serving nutritional supplements.
- Making beds.
- Keeping the residents space clean and tidy.
- Taking care of a resident’s personal hygiene, including bed bath, shaving, nail care etc.
- Toileting residents.
- Emptying catheter bags.
- Turning bed ridden residents to prevent bedsores.
- Bringing the resident to the therapy area.
Where they work: Certified Nurse Assistants can work in any setting that a nurse works in, such as Hospitals, Nursing homes, Community Centers, Hospices, Schools, Outpatient facilities.
Qualifications: CNA is a credential gained by registering completion of hours worked in a hospital or other health care facility. CNAs are not registered nurses so they are limited in their responsibilities.
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Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: