Becoming a successful and professional certified nursing assistant entails many qualities, skills and special abilities that measure the stability of their career and dedication to assist others. Foremost of these factors is completing a state-accredited CNA training program and passing the State Board Examinations to earn the CNA certificate.
Upon employment, a certified nursing assistant will be under the close supervision of licensed practical nurses or registered nurses. Usually, a CNA performs direct duties, tasks and patient care responsibilities in a selection of work environs ranging from hospitals, clinics, retirement and nursing homes and assisted-living centers. Basically, the courses of work of a CNA have the same work schedules with the rest of the healthcare and medical practitioners. A CNA logs could opt for five sets of 8-hour work shifts in a week, or three sets of 12-hour work shifts weekly. However, work-hours vary and are flexible enough to include working on weekends, holidays and whole nights.
The main duties and responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant require certain degrees of learned skills, a desirable character and work attitude. A CNA possesses a detail-oriented work attitude and an efficient organizational skill that ensures multi-tasking abilities. A most desirable character entails having the empathy, compassion and devotion to help others. The degrees of learned skills from training are to efficiently deliver various tasks ranging from assistance to administration.
Most common among these CNA tasks is to assist and provide daily personal care activities to patients, like, feeding, bathing, hand and foot care, dressing up, dental care, urinary and waste movement, body positioning and grooming. In addition, a CNA helps a patient’s mobility through body exercises, ambulation and maneuvering in and getting out the patient from bed. Attending to the immediate needs of patients and to administer their regular medications are also the prime duties of a CNA.
Under the supervisory directives of a registered nurse, a CNA observes patient’s conditions and records them. Included therein are the measurements and records of liquid and food intake. Reports on patient’s updates are regularly submitted on specific schedules. These are generally updates, important healthcare details and vital signs regarding the patient’s overall health developments. This is, however, the most critical duty of a CNA for being the first in line or having the great responsibility of providing direct care to the patients. Their observations and reports are relied upon by their registered nurse and licensed practical nurse superiors for assessments and addressing the proper medical attention.
Exceptional coordination is of utmost concern in performing these essential CNA duties. But as always with success, great responsibilities come with greater rewards and golden opportunities.