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what all does a cna do?

I'm training to be a cna and wanted to know what all they do

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Hello Jasmine,

A CNA does various tasks that make him/her the frontline care giver for the patient.  This is an opportunity to greatly help an underserved community so great for you to look into this.  Due to the nature and sensitivity to patient care, it is important to have some great customer service skills.  I am listing some of the duties below.  I will also add a link to the article for more information.  This article also discusses how to become a CNA, the salary, and the job outlook for this career field.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide intimate, hands-on healthcare to patients in medical settings, helping with bathing, dressing and the basic activities of life. A day in the life of a CNA might also include:

  1. Turning or repositioning bedridden patients
  2. Taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs
  3. Answering patient calls
  4. Documenting patients’ health issues and report to nurses
  5. Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
  6. Cleaning rooms and bed linens
  7. Helping with medical procedures
  8. Dressing wounds

A certified nursing assistant job has peaks and valleys. It can be physically demanding at times with some unpleasant responsibilities, but the role also allows CNAs to build strong relationships with patients.

While CNAs can be found in hospitals, the majority of them work in nursing and residential care facilities, where CNAs interact with patients on a regular basis and get to know them personally. If you’re interested in joining the booming health care field, becoming a CNA—also known as a nurses’ aid, home health aide, orderly or attendant—can be a good place to start. Learn which personal and professional traits you’ll need to succeed as a certified nursing assistant.

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Below are several more links for articles that may help you better understand this career:


Simona recommends the following next steps:

Read the attached articles
Compare to what you would like to do
If still interested, inquire more at a nursing school
See if you can rotate with a CNA (volunteer) to walk in their shoes for a week
Refer back to the resources to see how to become a CNA and start the process. Also if you follow path, see if you can get a mentor to help you through the process.