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Working As a CNA in a Hospital versus a Nursing Home

The field of Nursing is challenging and exciting. Being a nurse is a bit more complicated than in the past. So much so that procedures like taking a patient’s temperature, blood pressure or pulse can be performed by the nursing assistant.This is a middle man’s job; the small procedures taken care of so that the nurse can assist the physician with the major procedures such as dispensing and monitoring drugs like morphine and other drugs for sedation. Working as a CNA in a hospital versus a nursing home will provide more clinical exposure to patients and a more varied patient diagnosis.

In a nursing home, the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) pretty much has basic operational patient functions such as checking blood pressure, checking the patient’s medications and checking the patient’s heart rate. These general type procedures are necessary in a nursing home for the seniors who are taking medicine consistently and need consistent monitoring. In a hospital setting, there is more exposure to after surgery care, more exposure to emergency responses for immediate care and the experience is a good teaching tool for the Nursing assistant.

Experience gained at a hospital can better prepare the Nursing Assistant for handling situations in the nursing home. Patients in the nursing home need consistent general care. The homes do have emergencies, but they are related to the patient aging. For instance, most nursing home patients have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or in some cases dementia due to age. The patients need consistent monitoring. Nursing homes also have patients who fall down, fall out of bed and slip and fall. These are common occurrences at nursing homes.

Hospitals are very different. There are many different types of activities going on simultaneously and can be going on at a rapid pace. The hospital setting teaches the Nursing Assistant how to react in emergency situations and how to perform emergency procedures as well as perform the normal or daily procedures like taking the patient’s pulse.

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