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Nursing Assistants Must Train and Pass a Certification Exam

Certified nursing assistants or CNAs, are health care professionals directly responsible for patient care, providing vital help to doctors and nurses during a course of treatment. Often, a nursing assistant is typically in more direct contact with a patient than all other hospital staff members.

Individuals in a nursing assistant role aid in personal care, such as helping patients in the bathroom or with personal grooming when patients are elderly, disabled or otherwise unable to do these tasks by themselves. CNAs also monitor patients and hep to ensure their well-being and safety.

Individuals who want to become CNAs undergo intensive training to gain proficiency in relevant skills and must pass a certification exam before getting a job. Students must muster basic care tasks such as checking blood pressure and temperature, feeding patients and making sure that medical equipment is used correctly.

CNA students must also become certified in CPR and become familiar with how to deal with medical emergencies. They must also be aware of and be ready to support patient rights, which can encompass the right to privacy, confidentiality about personal medical data and the patient’s right to be made aware of the status of their care.

In addition to intensive medical training, nursing assistants must have sufficient physical strength to care for patients as they often have to lift individuals or offer support when patients are walking and getting in or out of beds and wheelchairs. Such tasks can be physically taxing, thus requiring CNAs to have sufficient physical strength for the job.

Perhaps the most essential characteristic of the profession is kindness. CNAs offer invaluable help to patients in need who may feel embarrassed about not being able to do tasks themselves. Thus, a kind word or action can go a long way in this job.

Certified nursing assistants or CNAs, are health care professionals directly responsible for patient care, providing vital help to doctors and nurses during a course of treatment. Often, a nursing assistant is typically in more direct contact with a patient than all other hospital staff members.

Individuals in a nursing assistant role aid in personal care, such as helping patients in the bathroom or with personal grooming when patients are elderly, disabled or otherwise unable to do these tasks by themselves. CNAs also monitor patients and hep to ensure their well-being and safety.

Individuals who want to become CNAs undergo intensive training to gain proficiency in relevant skills and must pass a certification exam before getting a job. Students must muster basic care tasks such as checking blood pressure and temperature, feeding patients and making sure that medical equipment is used correctly.

CNA students must also become certified in CPR and become familiar with how to deal with medical emergencies. They must also be aware of and be ready to support patient rights, which can encompass the right to privacy, confidentiality about personal medical data and the patient’s right to be made aware of the status of their care.

In addition to intensive medical training, nursing assistants must have sufficient physical strength to care for patients as they often have to lift individuals or offer support when patients are walking and getting in or out of beds and wheelchairs. Such tasks can be physically taxing, thus requiring CNAs to have sufficient physical strength for the job.

Perhaps the most essential characteristic of the profession is kindness. CNAs offer invaluable help to patients in need who may feel embarrassed about not being able to do tasks themselves. Thus, a kind word or action can go a long way in this job.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Ross says:

    I always viewed those nurses who provide medical care to the elderly in their homes as somewhat suspicious. I wasn’t sure if you even needed any kind of certified training to land one of those jobs. I always looked at that sort of work with some measure of skepticism. Now that I am learning more about what it takes to be a CNA or STNA, I feel more comfortable with the thought of entrusting my parents with home healthcare.

  2. Ross says:

    I suppose that nursing assistants act as a buffer between the patients and the nurses and physicians. In a sense, they are their handlers; the mediators or go-betweens. It seems to me a bit impersonal for doctors and nurses to delegate the day-to-day care to their assistants, but when you consider that those positions have other responsibilities, including decision making duties, then I suppose it is a necessary thing. But what happens when an incompetent assistant creeps through the cracks of the evaluation process?

  3. Barbara says:

    I’ve done some reading on this subject and certain things are clear to me. Due to staffing shortages in recent years, a vast majority of nursing assistants find themselves in the challenging position of attempting to provide quality care for far too many patients at once. I have also heard that the turnover rate for nursing assistants is high, due largely to the job’s heavy workload and physical demands.

  4. Peter says:

    Taking a practice test is one of the best ways to both study your Certified Nursing Assistant class materials and prepare yourself for the pressure of taking a standardized test. There are many CNA exam study books available both electronically and in print, and most of them will have at least a few practice questions included, if not a full practice test. There are also practice tests available online, some of which are free, and some for a price. The free ones tend to be PDFs of 50-100 multiple choice questions, with an answer key at the end, whereas paid ones might be offered electronically, timed, and scored professionally to more realistically simulate the actual test taking environment.

  5. Alvin says:

    The exam can be hard if Nursing Assistants do not have the knowledge and skills needed to pass the exam. I heard that the written or oral section of the exam may consist of approximately 70 questions, but the exact number of questions varies by state. I think some Nursing Assistants find the exam hard because they do not know the exact information to study for this section of the exam.

  6. Barry says:

    I can see why this subject is an important one for many students. You’ve worked and studied hard to complete your nurse’s aid training, and now the time has come to put what you’ve learned to the test, literally and figuratively. Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve completed your training, you may be worried some of what you learned in class won’t be easy to recall when you sit for the certified nursing assistant exam.

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