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What does a cna day consist and does it have to do with a lot of reading a writing?

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Bo’s Answer

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A typical day or shift for a CNA will be partially dependent upon the setting in which you practice. In a facility such as a hospital, rehab or nursing home, one could expect to obtain vital signs (Temperature, Pulse and blood pressure), assist with or bath patients, assist with toileting, ambulation, feeding and making beds. When working in Private Duty you could expect to add responsibilities such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and shopping. Generally, documentation requires reading a care plan written by a RN and completing a checklist of tasks. Most agencies will complete this on a tablet. Strong organizational skills and time management are excellent skills to possess and develop. As a CNA you are the eyes and ears of the nurse so observation is really important.

Bo recommends the following next steps:

  • Here are the steps you will need to take to obtain your license. Complete an Approved Training Program. Your first step will be to complete an approved CNA program. ... Submit Your Application. ... Submit Your Fingerprint. ... Pay Processing Fees. ... Pass the Certification Exam. ... Alternative CNA Licensing Paths.
  • Generally, most certified nursing assistant programs take between four and 12 weeks. This is broken into contact hours and clinic practice. State-approved programs offer a minimum of 75 hours of classroom instruction and clinical training.
  • Compared to other health care training, the cost of becoming a CNA is quite reasonable. The average cost of a CNA program is about $1,300. To be certified, you'll spend about $125 for the examination and $50 to register with your state and get proof of certification.
  • According to the PayScale survey, CNAs earned hourly wages at hospitals that ranged from $9.89 to $12.84 in April 2011. The survey shows they earned wages that ranged from $9.54 to $12.14 per hour at nursing care facilities. The overall salary range for CNAs cited in the survey is $19,599 to $26,475.
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Deeana’s Answer

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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.

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
-Haircare
-Nail care
-Dental care (brushing teeth, cleaning dentures/partial)
-Dress
- 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.

Best wishes,

Dee

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Bo’s Answer

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A typical day or shift for a CNA will be partially dependent upon the setting in which you practice. In a facility such as a hospital, rehab or nursing home, one could expect to obtain vital signs (Temperature, Pulse and blood pressure), assist with or bath patients, assist with toileting, ambulation, feeding and making beds. When working in Private Duty you could expect to add responsibilities such as light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and shopping. Generally, documentation requires reading a care plan written by a RN and completing a checklist of tasks. Most agencies will complete this on a tablet. Strong organizational skills and time management are excellent skills to possess and develop. As a CNA you are the eyes and ears of the nurse so observation is really important.

Bo recommends the following next steps:

  • Here are the steps you will need to take to obtain your license. Complete an Approved Training Program. Your first step will be to complete an approved CNA program. ... Submit Your Application. ... Submit Your Fingerprint. ... Pay Processing Fees. ... Pass the Certification Exam. ... Alternative CNA Licensing Paths.
  • Generally, most certified nursing assistant programs take between four and 12 weeks. This is broken into contact hours and clinic practice. State-approved programs offer a minimum of 75 hours of classroom instruction and clinical training.
  • Compared to other health care training, the cost of becoming a CNA is quite reasonable. The average cost of a CNA program is about $1,300. To be certified, you'll spend about $125 for the examination and $50 to register with your state and get proof of certification.
  • According to the PayScale survey, CNAs earned hourly wages at hospitals that ranged from $9.89 to $12.84 in April 2011. The survey shows they earned wages that ranged from $9.54 to $12.14 per hour at nursing care facilities. The overall salary range for CNAs cited in the survey is $19,599 to $26,475.
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David’s Answer

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CNAs can help a unit run smoothly, especially for those nurses that have multiple medically complex patients. Responsibilities of a CNA include, but are not limited to:

Turning or repositioning patients
Gathering supplies for the RN or MD
Obtaining vital signs per protocol
Answering patient calls/bells
Bathing patients
Documentation of information obtained
Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
Combing hair, shaving, caring for nails and brushing teeth
Cleaning rooms and bed linens
Stock supplies
Prepare rooms for admissions
Helping with medical procedures
Dressing wounds
Assisting patients with elimination
Direct responsibilities will vary based on the location of employment and ultimately the nurses level of need. CNA duties are determined by individual states and it is up to the individual to ensure they are following state guidelines and not performing duties outside the scope of practice.

CNAs can work in an inpatient hospital setting but are more commonly found in long-term residential facilities, rehabilitation centers, and adult day care centers. They are rarely employed in outpatient office/clinic settings. These facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a liaison between the nurse and the patient.
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