Raymond Manuel’s Answer
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.
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!
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
-Dental care (brushing teeth, cleaning dentures/partial)
- Change brief
Check oxygen tanks and CPAP machines
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.