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what is a life in days work in Cna?

I am a junior in high school and trying to figure out my plan because college is approaching very soon. #nursing #medicine #job #nurse #cna

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Raymond Manuel’s Answer

A CNA's workflow varies depends on their workplace. Below is a list of a few types of work settings and what you can expect of each one.

Skilled Nursing Facility:
This is where I personally had experience as a nursing assistant. You can expect to care for 7 or more patients every shift depending on the staffing needs of the facility and what shift you are working. The 7-3 shift typically has 7-9 patients. The 3-11 shift has about 10-16, and the 11-7 AM shift normally has more than the other shifts.

As a CNA in a SNF, you basically take over personal care--bathing, dressing, feeding, etc. It is a difficult job, but you will certainly learn a lot.

Home Health/Hospice:
You provide specific care for patients depending on a plan of care created by the Registered Nurse. By this, I mean that the RN will specify exactly what you need to do. This may include, for example bathing or toileting, or both.

Depending on the hospital you work for, a CNA in an acute care setting provides a mostly supportive role to the nurses. Nurses are expected to provide most of the care for their patients, including personal care, although CNAs may be asked to help out. They also check vital signs and maybe be assigned as one on one sitters for certain types of patients.

I hope that helps!

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kim’s Answer

CNA or PCA in some states are very busy people. They job consist of vital signs, Baths or showers, setting up meals, helping to get dressing, cleaning incontinent patient, taking pts to the bathroom, walking pts in the hallway, assisting the RN or LVN with any care, drawing labs or doing an EKG. This job takes a lot of patience and compassion. Good Luck !!

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Deeana’s Answer

Getting a CNA Licence requires more reading and writing than the job itself. The most reading and writing my job requires are reading a patient's chart and charting patient information. I work at an assisted living facility so my job is very different than a CNA that works in a hospital setting.

My typical responsibilities include the following:

Get shift report from previous CNA on duty
Look over shift report to know day's expectations
Answer call lights consistently
Gather patient vitals
Check on patients that are 1-hour/2-hour checks
Turn or reposition patients
Take the patient to the restroom (bedpan, urinal, or toilet)
Depending on the facility/ work setting you may have to do patient's laundry or clean room
Escort or deliver patient's meal Feedpatients, measure and record their food and liquid intake
Prepare patients for the day or night:
-Shower/ bathe patient
-Nail care
-Dental care (brushing teeth, cleaning dentures/partial)
- Change brief
Check oxygen tanks and CPAP machines
Stock supplies
Gather supplies for the RN/LPN
Document patient activities
Prepare for new admissions

Depending on your work setting or specialty your job duties may be altered.

Being a CNA is difficult but the job is extremely rewarding.

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Ann’s Answer

You start your shift getting your patient assignments and hearing report on them. Your RN team leader will advise you of any treatments/procedures they expect you to do, in addition to your regular duties that include taking vital signs, helping patients with their ADL’s (activities of daily living), turning patients if they can’t turn themselves, cleaning/tidying beds/rooms, making beds, serving meals, answering call bells, reporting to your team leader. You learn a lot about taking care of a patient.

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Dilenia’s Answer

As a CNA you can expect to assist individuals throughout the day with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, toileting, etc. You may also be assisting with restorative therapy to make sure a patient continues to use the skills they've developed while in their therapy program. This career is very busy and hands on, nevertheless, very rewarding. To experience hands on the effect you've made on a patients life is gratifying.