The nursing profession offers plenty of challenge and opportunity for advancement. With so much responsibility for the care and welfare of others, nurses rely on the nursing assistant to accurately measure and record patient temperatures, blood pressures, and pulses.
This is the job of a mid-level health care professional, taking care of the details, so the nurse can work with the physician to provide critical functions, like giving medications and monitoring patient wellbeing, minute by minute. A CNA working in a hospital, versus a nursing home, will be exposed to more variety in patient care, due to many different diagnoses of hospital patients.
In the nursing home setting, the Certified Nursing Assistant provides basic care functions, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, checking vital signs, and checking medications. These tasks are important in the nursing home, for seniors taking medication regularly, who require frequent monitoring.
The hospital setting is vastly different, as the nursing assistant may care for patients after surgery and will often be exposed to severe medical emergencies. Learning to respond to emergencies is an excellent way for nursing assistants to develop their skills.
The experiences acquired in the hospital setting will better prepare the nursing assistant for various challenges of working in the nursing home. Senior patients will require consistent, ongoing care.
While nursing homes have emergencies, they tend to relate to issues of patient aging. For example, many nursing home patients are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or senile dementia. They must frequently be monitored, to maintain a safe and stable environment, where they can stay healthy.
Common nursing home mishaps include falls from bed or while walking. These common challenges are met by the competent care of nursing assistants.
Hospital settings are far different. Various activities occur at once and at a faster pace. Hospital work teaches the ins and outs of working as a CNA and how to respond in emergency situations. Nursing assistants will learn emergency procedures, as well as procedures for routine patient monitoring and daily care.