Certified nurse assistants should be in good health and able to pass a criminal background check. A CNA skills list includes being tactful, patient, understanding, wanting to help people, having a sense of humor, working well with others, having good communication skills, and being willing to perform repetitive, routine tasks.
Other CNA skills include:
- arm hand steadiness - the ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- finger dexterity — the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
- trunk strength — the ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- static strength — the ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.