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Understanding the Role of the Nursing Assistant

A CNA, or certified nursing assistant, is a health care professional in charge of direct patient care. The role of the nursing assistant is to provide vital help to doctors and nurses in the treatment of patients. Frequently, they are in direct contact with patients more than all other hospital staff.

The individual in this job might have to carry out personal care, like assisting patients in the bathroom, or personal grooming for disabled and elderly patients, who cannot do these things themselves. Also, CNAs have to monitor patients and look out for their wellbeing and safety.

To be a CNA, you have to partake in intensive training and pass a certification exam to gain proficiency in the relevant skills. Students have to master basic care for patients. This could encompass checking important signs, like blood pressure and temperature, feeding patients, and ensuring that personal protective equipment is correctly used.

Furthermore, nursing assistant students have to gain a CPR certificate and know how to deal with emergencies. Also, they have to be aware of (and be ready to uphold) the rights of patients. This encompasses privacy rights, personal medical data confidentiality, and the patient’s right to be informed about their care status.

Moreover, nursing assistants have to possess the requisite physical strength to care for patients. For instance, they might have to lift patients, offer support to assist them with walking, or help them in or out of a bed or a wheelchair. All of these tasks can be physically taxing, so CNAs have to be physically up to the job.

Finally, the most essential characteristic to have in this profession is kindness. You are offering valuable help to needy patients. Thus, the one thing that they will appreciate more than anything is if you let them know you care.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Jerry says:

    I’m an RN. If anything my opinion is that Nurse Aides are the eyes and ears of a senior RN. If someone is sick or there is a breakdown in the protocol my aides tell me. I can’t imagine not being able to depend on my aides, so I try always to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve. Although Aides make decent money, I don’t think they make the salary they truly deserve.

  2. Zachary says:

    I looked into the tech program and I learned that it is not harder than the nursing program. There are not as many pre-requisites and much of the time is spend in the OR learning with a preceptor how to scrub. Many community colleges do not require the same, extensive A&Pas ADN’s and some technical schools require only a very basic course in A&P. Are techs the same as nurse assistants?

  3. Ardath says:

    At most facilities, nursing assistants work under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN) or other medical staff. But I have heard some horror stories about some nursing homes for the elderly where they are understaffed or not properly trained. That sobering fact is all the more reason for a person to consider embarking on a career path in this medical profession. If that ain’t proof enough that this field needs to meet is demand, then I don’t know what is a more telling sign.

  4. Frank says:

    I have only been a CNA for 2 months so I have a good idea as to how you can get started in this field. First of all, call any and all Nursing Homes in your area and ask them if they have a training program for CNA’s. Most likely they will require you to apply to their facility and be considered for their program first but they pay for your training. Some hospitals do this also but it is very hard to get accepted unless you are a nursing student.

  5. Peter says:

    Working as a CNA usually entails working twelve hour shifts; although some nurses work eight hour shifts. Each shift will have different responsibilities, but many tasks will be the same. If you are considering becoming a CNA, I think you should really research what kind of job duties await you. It is not exactly glamorous work. It takes a lot of sacrifice and dedication to be a nursing assistant. I don’t think I could do it.

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