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CNA Responsibilities

September 10, 2011

CNA Responsibilities

CNA Responsibilities

When it comes to the responsibilities of a CNA, there are many to speak of. The career is great for people who love to be on their feet and stay busy as it is a highly demanding yet rewarding career that anyone would be proud of. The easiest way to get familiar with the CNA responsibilities is to explain to you what the CNA job description is, which includes all of the things that you will be doing on the job, as well as overall career related CNA responsibilities outside the work enviornment.

CNA Responsiblities List

The CNA responsibilities below are what you will be doing on the job, and are all taught to you in great detail in any certified CNA class, which can be found in community colleges, through nursing homes and hospitals as well as through the Red Cross. Here are many of the CNA responsibilities.

  1. Out of all the CNA responsibilities, the one that deserves to be mentioned first is the emotional support that you provide to the patients that you attend to. This basically involves listening to patients needs as well as providing verbal and non verbal comfort.
  2. You must also be able to check vital signs of your patients, some of which include blood pressure, heart rate, respiration among others.
  3. CNA responsibilities also include being knowing the right termonology used in a care setting as this will enable you to communicate the information that is needed to other staff or the nurse aide who is taking over when your shift is finished.
  4. Recording patient information like consumption or lack there of, medication changes, number of bowel movements, among other peronal information, which needs to be charted each day at the end of a shift.
  5. CNA responsibilities also include preparing the family of a patient who is going home. This includes all that the family needs to know to ensure the health and saftey of their loved one.
  6. Dressing wounds as containing and eliminating infection.
  7. Setting up and breakin down medical equiptment.
  8. Assisting in food preperation as well as helping patients who need assistance when it comes to eating meals.
  9. Accompanying or taking patients to their appointments and other activities like exercise and the cafateria.
  10. Assisting in helping patients up and down from places like the bed or wheel chair, as well as provding assistance for bathroom related activities. CNA responsibilities for this also include making light of what may be an embarassing situation for your patients.

Career Related CNA Responsibilities

  • You must be able to work around 40 to 60 hours per week as well as being willing to take night shifts, especially at first before your seniority starts to kick in.
  • You must have a valid CNA license which requires that you pass both parts of CNA testing, that being the written as well as the practical portion.
  • You will also be required to keep your CNA certification up dated as it requires renewal each year or two depending on the state where you live in, the renewal is usually around or on your birthday. If you do not renew your license between the specified time, you will most likely need to retake and pass the CNA test again.
  • It is also important to remember that staying out of trouble will allow you to keep a job as a CNA. Any convictions usually result in the person being banned from working in the profession as their goal is to keep the workplace as safe as possible.
  • You must also pass certain health tests which may include testing for tuberculosis as well as some vacinations.
  • Some states require that nurse aides take certain classes each year to maintain up to date knowledge in the feild.

This is a main overview of the CNA responsibilities and what is demanded out of a person who is wishing to go into the feild. As said above, you learn the knowledge needed in your class through many learning methods like reading, acting out as well as researching. As far as the general CNA responsibilities, they will either be communicated to you somewhere throughout the process of becoming and being a CNA, but if not you can call your states Board or Nursing or Nursing Aide Registry who will have all the information on your specific state.