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What do a CNA do on a regularly basis ?

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Bo’s Answer

Hey, Damanique! Good luck in exploring the CNA career path. I hope you find this information helpful.

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

The above are typical of what would be required in a facility such as a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, Adult Living Facility, Congregate Living facility or group home. Other employment may be found in home health or school environments where it would be more of a one to one situation available through a Home Health agency. In the home, one would be providing activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding, toileting, and ambulation as well as IADLs (activities of daily living that promote independence) such as meal prep, shopping, assisting with scheduling/attending medical appointments, homemaking and housekeeping. This could be short term following a hospitalization or rehab or long term to assist someone remaining in their own residence.

Bo recommends the following next steps:

Contact local facilities (hospital/nursing home/ALF) for an informational tour
Contact local home health agencies for informational interview
Check for local training programs. Your high school may participate in Health Occupation Students of America.
Contact your state Nursing Board for requirements for licensing, scope of practice and training information.

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Estelle’s Answer

In the outpatient clinic, the CNA's take patients back to the exam rooms and check their vital signs (weight, blood pressure, pulse, and temperature). They also review their medications and update them in the computer. They communicate to the providers a brief explanation for their visit. They answer phone calls and often give results to patients. Some of the CNA's get phlebotomy training and draw blood samples in the lab.

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Nija’s Answer

Hello, I hope all is well. If you are considering to become a CNA, it entails providing a great deal of hands on patient care to persons in a nursing home, hospital and the patient's home environment. It involves dressing, bathing, feeding and other basic activities of life. A day in the life of a CNA looks like this listed below:

Nija recommends the following next steps:

Turning or repositioning bedridden patients. Transferring patients from bed to wheelchair or from wheelchair to bed.
Taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs.
Answering patient calls.
Documenting patients’ health issues and report to nurses. Cleaning rooms and bed linens.
Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake. Helping with medical procedures. Dressing wounds. It can be physically demanding at times with some unpleasant responsibilities, but the role also allows CNAs to build strong relationships with patients.