Have you ever heard the acronym “CNA” being mentioned by people in the medical field? Have you ever wondered what a CNA is or what they do? If you have, keep reading because we’re going to take a look at that and answer some common questions about the profession.
CNA is an acronym for “Certified Nursing Assistant” which is a person who typically works on a medical staff and assists nurses and works with patients. CNAs typically go through training and also testing in order to become certified. They must meet certain standards according to the rules in the states where they live. These standards generally include attending a state-approved training program for a certain amount of time, spending some time in the field working with patients (sometimes called “clinicals”), passing a state-administered nursing test, and being listed in a directory of nursing professionals upon completion of these requirements (sometimes called a nursing registry). Depending on the state where a person lives, there may be more requirements in order to become a CNA.
Once a person is certified, they typically work in a hospital, nursing home facility, assisted living facility, or another type of health care setting. CNAs are important members of a medical team and typically work directly with patients in order to assist registered nurses and other medical staff with the care of patients. CNAs are an integral part of any medical team because they help see to it that patients get the kind of care they need on a daily basis with respect to daily living needs and other various things that patients may need help with.
CNAs may take and record patient vital signs such as blood pressure or other measurements like height, weight, body temperature, and other various things. CNAs may help dress, bathe, and transport patients with mobility problems and other issues that prevent them from doing these things by themselves. CNAs may be called upon to help with meal preparation, patient transportation, and other things depending upon the specific needs of the patients and the environment where the CNA works. A CNA who works in a hospital may have different duties from a CNA who works in a nursing home, although some of these duties may also overlap. CNAs may also do things that don’t have to do directly with patient care such as filing paperwork, ordering and organizing supplies, and other similar administrative duties.