A certified nursing assistant is a healthcare professional who provides nursing care to the patients in varied health care environment such as clinic, hospitals, private residence, and nursing homes. They provide assistance with basic daily activities such as oral care, bathing, cleaning, dressing, helping nurses with the medical equipment and medication.
It is their duty to offer emotional and social support to patients and working closely with nurses and provide their input on the patient’s changing medical condition. They also keep record of their vital signs, weight measurement, temperature and blood pressure. A certified nursing assistant should have a high school diploma or a GED and a certificate program of about six to twelve weeks.
Certified nursing assistant work with the health care team including doctors, nurses, therapist, and med techs. The qualities such as compassion, caring, physical strength and patient are needed in abundance in this profession. A CNA works under the supervision of a nurse and as per the state statute, only a licensed nurse can delegate duties to a certified nursing assistant.
A CNA helps patients as well as RNs along with maintaining patient charts. They provide detailed reports to the next shift. They also provide assistance to round up certain medical supplies and prepare room for the new patients. In hospitals they need to provide night and day shifts. The training course for nursing assistant can be undertaken at the medical schools, community colleges, and institutes.
After the course, the state exam need to be passed after which candidates receives their license. The basic nursing skills as well as the knowledge is judged in the test. Patient/client rights, ethical behaviour, daily care tasks and many other topics are tested in the examination.
Abcott Institute is a medical school located in Southfield, Michigan that offers PCT and CNA training courses and establishes individuals in the healthcare professions.