Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) aids patients with their daily activities. The core functions of a CNA include:
- Bathing and dressing patients.
- Serving meals and helping patients eat.
- Taking vital signs.
- Transferring or repositioning patients who are bedridden
- Collecting information regarding the conditions of patients and treatment plans from caregivers, nurses, and physicians.
- Providing and emptying bedpans.
- Lifting patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, exam tables, etc.
- Answering patient calls.
- Examining patients for bruises, blood in urine, and other injuries/wounds.
- Cleaning and sanitizing patient areas.
- Changing bed sheets and restocking rooms with essential supplies.
A CNA isn’t required to earn a Bachelor’s Degree or higher to practice. Nonetheless, a formal training following a postsecondary certificate or award is needed. The training typically is a combination of basic nursing principles and hands-on supervised clinical practice.
Many community and vocational colleges, technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes offer CNA training courses.
Licensing and Certification
To become a Certified Nursing Assistant, an enrollee needs to achieve a number of requirements. Every state established their individual set of criteria.
The Washington State Department of Health’ requirements for CNAs interested in becoming licensed include:
- 85 hours of training at the very least in a state-certified CNA training course.
- Passing score on the corresponding competency exam.
- A completed record of personal data about physical and mental status, felony convictions, and other related information.
- HIV/AIDS training.
Although this is just Washington state’s list of requirements and requirements per state may vary, there are more or less similar stipulations from nursing boards throughout the country.
If either you are a Certified Nursing Assistant looking for a career in the healthcare industry or you are a medical institution needing additional competent staff, Admiral Staffing Solutions can help you. Reach us at 206-428-8435 for more information.