Where do CNAs work? CNAs and other nursing assistants, orderlies and attendants held approximately 1.45 million jobs in 2017. About 40 percent worked in nursing care facilities and another 26 percent worked in hospitals. Others were employed in residential care facilities, government agencies, outpatient care centers, and individual and family services
Work as a CNA can be physically demanding. Certified nurse assistants can spend many hours standing and walking, and they often face heavy workloads. They must guard against back injury, because they may have to move patients into and out of bed or help them stand or walk. CNAs may also may face hazards from minor infections and major diseases, such as hepatitis, but can avoid infections by following proper procedures.
CNAs also perform tasks that some may consider unpleasant, such as emptying bedpans and changing soiled bed linens. The patients they care for may be disoriented, irritable, or uncooperative. Although their work can be emotionally demanding, many CNAs gain satisfaction from assisting those in need.
Most full-time CNAs work about 40 hours per week, but because patients need care 24 hours a day, some work evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. In 2008 about 24 percent of CNAs, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants and psychiatric aides worked part-time.