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The Role of a CNA

January 5, 2012

The Role of a CNA

The Role of a CNA

The role of the CNA is essentially assisting patients with everyday living, also referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and custodial care. This almost just importantly inlcudes providing mental support to patients as well, both through verbal and non verbal communication, through an uplifting approach and positive reinforcement, enabling a patient to feel positive about the situation they are in and keep them from not dwelling on their physicial and/or mental conditions.

The CNA role also includes the overall promotion as well as a helping hand when it comes to bulding and maintaining self sufficiency in patients, which not only builds confidence in the clients but also allows one to be able to get better faster and ultimately leave the facility if they are they short term. Methdos of building up patient independence includes assisting patients but also pushing them to do things on their own, often times pass the ability that they believe they have.

Being that a CNA is a “certified nurse assistant” they assistant nurses in the form of virtually being their eyes and ears as well as adhering to what they ask you to do.

CNA Job Description

The other major role of a  CNA is the overall observing and recording what is going on with a patients condition and whether the treatments, medications and non drug treatments among others are working or not. Which this will be vital to communicate to both the nurse as well as family members of the patients. Aside from this, other job roles that a nurse assistant carries out can include:

  • Skin treatments which prevent skin breakdown.
  • Moving patients who have a weak left side with a gait belt.
  • General upkeep of rooms, and maintaining a safe living environment.
  • Taking vitals and charting them.
  • Assisting patients when coming up and sitting down.
  • Patient massages.
  • Monitoring daily intake & output.
  • Assisting in Range of Motion exercises.
  • Bathing and grooming.
  • Stocking supply cabinets.
  • Turning patients to avoid bedsores.
  • Answering call lights.
  • Help feeding a patient.
  • Changing bed pans.
  • Making patients beds, both occupied and unoccupied.
  • Taking patient specimens.
  • Transferring clients to different rooms or different floors.
  • Delivering meals, or making them if one is a hospice nurse.
  • Applying topical medications.
  • Wound care.

The role of a CNA is carried out by certified nurse aides in various different work places, some of which include; nursing homes, hospitals, long term care facilities, intensive care units, acute care facilities as well as hospice also known as a Home Health Aide (HHA). Although it is not required in all states that an individual to pass a CNA certification exam to work as a nurse aide, it is highly suggested that one does complete a CNA training course which last a minimum of 75 hours and consist of both classroom learning as well clinical training., where the role of the CNA is taught to students in great detail by a Registered Nurse (RN) who works in the state that you are doing your training in.