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.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, 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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