As a certified nursing assistant you will owe a high duty of care to your patients as you will be working one-one with many patients.
The duties will vary slightly depending on the typical work day schedule but usually include
answering calls from patients and attending to their needs, pushing patients on wheelchairs, repositioning bedfast patients to prevent bedsores, changing bed sheets, running errands for patients and offering personal care and a variety of other tasks as required.
Once a high level of competence has been demonstrated there may be an opportunity for a promotion where tasks delegated will involve a similar level to that of a nurse such as preparing the patient for surgical procedures.
As a certified nursing assistant personal hygiene is very important as an essential duty of a nursing assistant involves looking after and assisting in the personal hygiene of patients. With regards to changing bed linens, good housekeeping practices are necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients.
A CNA will usually be working under the guidance of an experience nurse or healthcare professional. Aside from these duties the working week may be 37.5-hour week or on a shift basis depending on whether the working week is on a full or part time.
Other duties of a nursing assistant may include feeding patients and making a note of food and fluid intake.
Once a certain number of hours have been worked by the nursing assistant and the necessary examinations have been passed along with other requirements such as demonstrating a level of competence the CNA credential can be gained. The door is then open to other roles, such as- if one chooses working as a psychiatric nursing assistant at a mental health faculty working under the supervision of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses.
In addition nursing assistants are expected to be flexible in undertaking certain tasks as some jobs are less then desirable such as taking care of the patient’s toileting needs but this may be an essential job function as part of providing care to patients and certified nursing assistants are expected to be willing and enthusiastic.