Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant

cna job duties and responsibilities.jpgHave you thought about working as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Certified Nursing Assistants are in demand in the state of California. Additionally, in the U.S. News & World Report Best Healthcare Support Jobs rankings, personal care aides and home health aides ranked in the top 25.

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides patient care in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities.

What can you expect when you’re working as a Certified Nursing Assistant?

Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant: Duties and Responsibilities

Your work as an entry-level certified nursing assistant will depend on the type of healthcare facility where you’re hired.

However, you can expect to perform some or all of the following job duties and responsibilities:

  • Taking patients’ vital signs, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rate
  • Keeping track of a patients’ fluid intake and output
  • Assisting patients with grooming and personal hygiene
  • Assisting patients with feeding and proper nutrition
  • Working with patients on range-of-motion exercises and movements
  • Providing patient care, including ice packs, non-sterile dressings and therapeutic baths
  • Assisting nurses and other staff as needed

Where Can You Expect to Work When You’re a Certified Nursing Assistant?

An entry-level Certified Nursing Assistant can expect to find work at any of the following healthcare facilities:

  • Hospital acute care teams
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Health care centers

Along with the satisfaction of being a valued and indispensable healthcare worker, nursing assistant certification can lead to other career possibilities.

Certification is a good opportunity for graduates who want to get into medical schools and need to show clinical experience.

Nursing assistant training can also put you on the Registered Nurse or Physician Assistant career track.

Do you want to start working in healthcare in an affordable and relatively quick way? Then how does training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant sound to you?