Certified Nursing Assistant Registration (CNA) "prometric"

Curriculum profile

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. 

 

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, there were approximately 1.4 million employed as certified nursing assistants. Nursing care facilities employed the greatest number of nursing assistants (37%) while only 4% currently work in home health care .

 

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​