A brief CNA  job description is provided here to help understand what CNAs doCNAs are nursing assistants who have taken required training and have passed a competency exam.   These certified nurse assistants are valuable members of the health care team. They provide patient care and perform various care-giving tasks under the supervision of a nurse or doctor.

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Common CNA  job duties and CNA responsibilities may include any of the following:

  • Answer patients' call signals.

  • Help patients to eat, dress and bathe

  • Deliver messages

  • Serve meals

  • 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,  Nursing Assistants and Orderlies,
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Unlicensed assistive personnel," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Unlicensed_assistive_personnel&oldid=614854528
(3) O*Net Online,Summary Report for:31-1014.00 - Nursing Assistants, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-1014.00

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