A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) also known as Certified Nurse Aide delivers quality healthcare needs to patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Their responsibilities vary depending on their workplace and among the places a Certified Nurse Assistant can work include: hospitals, personal homes, nursing homes and adult day care centers. One has to successfully complete an accredited training program to qualify to be a Certified Nurse Assistant and their role is to provide compassionate care to the patients since they interact more with the patients that the Registered Nurses and doctors do. Their responsibilities may vary depending on the patients’ medical condition.
The CNA duties and responsibilities include:Personal CareCertified Nurse Assistants assist patients with their daily basis needs. This includes personal hygiene, care and grooming. Some patients are stroke victims, elderly people living in nursing homes or patients recovering for accidents. Therefore, a Certified Nurse assistant helps in bathing, dressing and grooming the patients. They also assist in serving meals to the patients, cleaning their rooms, making their beds, providing hospital gowns and clean linen. Depending on the patient’s condition, they may assist the patients to the bathrooms or assist with toileting by using bedpans.
DocumentationA Certified Nurse Assistant records and reports all the critical signs observed in a patient which includes blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar levels and the signs and symptoms to the nurse or doctor in charge. This is normally the first step taken when a patient visits a physician’s office. The information helps the nurse or the doctor to determine the next step of treatment for the patient to recover quickly.
Monitoring Patients ConditionThey assess and monitor a patients health, safety and welfare. They normally observe the patient’s condition on a regular basis to monitor on any changes. The also monitor the patients diet, for example, they must ensure that they are well informed about which diets a diabetic patient should take.
Transporting PatientsThey help to safely move patients with various medical conditions from one place to another which may include from one examination room to another. They may assist patients using wheelchairs by moving them into or out of their beds. They also assist bedridden patients by turning them from one side to the other or moving them from one place to another.
Administering TreatmentThey assist to perform appropriate medical procedures and treatment to patients, for example, catheterizations, massages, douches or enemas, dressing wounds and drawing blood as directed by the nurses or doctor. They also assist in setting up medical equipment involved in a patients treatment.
Emotional SupportOther than physical care, patients need emotional support for them to recovery quickly. By spending time with them, the Certified Nurse Assistants get to understand their fears and concerns. This helps the CNAs to counsel the patients to aide them in their recovery.
The CNAs main role is to provide quality healthcare and attention to the patients and ensuring they are comfortable all the time which aides them to recover quickly due to the care and attention given to them.…