A nursing assistant is a person who spends a great deal of time dealing with the patient’s needs while they are in the hospital. They also work with the doctors and nurses as they treat the patients.
The nursing assistant’s duties are to give personal care for the patients. This includes helping them in the bathroom, brushing and other grooming that is more for the elderly and physically challenged patients. It’s the CNA’s responsibility to monitor the health, safety and well-being of the people in their care.
If you think you’d be a great CNA, you’ll have to go through an intense training program. You’ll have to learn CPR and how to handle emergencies that suddenly pop up. You must know the patient’s rights and privacy acts, have knowledge of the patient’s medical information – which is to be kept in confidence – and what the patient’s rights are when it comes to information about the patient’s care status.
You also must be strong. You may have been required to lift a patient, help them with support as they walk, help them out of bed or to get into and out of a wheelchair. These tasks are demanding on a CNA’s strength, but you must be able to do the task that is required. It’s hard physically and mentally because you may be called on to comfort the patient from a fall or some other distress.
The most important characteristic is to show professional compassion with the job. A smile, kind word or a hug goes a long way in patient care. You are helping people who are sick, worried and not feeling their best to feel much better with these simple gestures; to show that you care in their time of need because it means you care for them. That will be long remembered by them because you made their day.