CNA Skills


CNA Skills

CNAs should be in good health and able to pass a criminal background check.   A CNA should be tactful, patient, understanding, want to help people, have a sense of humor, work well with others, have good communication skills, and be 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.

 


Information on this page summarized from:

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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
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