Common CNA job duties and CNA responsibilities may include any of the following:
Answer patients' call signals.
Help patients to eat, dress and bathe
Turn and reposition bedridden patients to prevent bedsores.
Observe patients' conditions
Measure and record food and liquid intake
Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information
Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed
Provide patient care by applying dressings and supervising exercise routines
Prepare patients for surgery, treatment, or examination.
Transport patients to treatment units, using a wheelchair or stretcher
Clean rooms and change linens
CNA duties may also include dispensing medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work. CNAs are often the principal caregivers in nursing homes. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, and CNAs may develop close, caring relationships with their patients.
Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm
(2) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-1014.00
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