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Working as a CNA

Nursing is an exciting and challenging field in which to work, and these days it’s even more complicated than in years gone by. To alleviate some of the workload, procedures such as taking patient blood pressure, pulse and temperature are now being performed by nursing assistants.

These routine tasks can be performed by others, leaving the attending nurse time to spend assisting physicians with more complicated procedures requiring advanced training. Distributing and monitoring the use of drugs such as morphine and sedatives takes time, and should never be rushed. Certified Nursing Assistants working in hospital settings receive greater clinical training than would be possible in a nursing home, since they are exposed to patients with various diagnoses.

Even in nursing homes, the CNA is required to perform basic monitoring of blood pressure and other vitals along with checking on patient medications. Seniors on medication need consistency in care and monitoring, since they normally require daily doses of various medications. Those working in hospital settings will also be exposed to after-surgery care and immediate emergency response care, and will get to experience a broader spectrum of individualized patient care which is a great teaching tool for nursing assistants.

Experience gained by working as a CNA at hospitals better prepares nursing assistants for what is required to handle situations that can occur in nursing homes. General care must be consistent in these institutions. Although emergencies do occur here, they are generally associated with the aging of patients.

Sometimes, patients in nursing homes have been diagnosed with dementia related to aging and Alzheimer’s. Patients need constant monitoring because it’s not unusual for them to suffer from falls. They might slip and fall, or fall out of bed. Consistency in care may not prevent all of these situations, but it does prevent some.

Each hospital is different, with a diversity of activities taking place simultaneously, and at a rapid pace. Hospital settings offer individuals working as a CNA many learning opportunities, like how to react during emergencies and the way to perform emergency lifesaving procedures, while they continue performing the everyday normal procedures like taking patient blood pressure, pulse and O2 Sats.

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