According to recognized policies and procedures, the certified nursing assistant's or CNA's job description include the following:
• Perform routine clinical tasks and provide different patient care services
• Patient health monitoring
• Record patient nutrition and medication details
• Help patients in their daily activities
• Do house work
• Be a companion to patients
• Report health care details
The above are performed under a Registered Nurse's supervision.
A CNA's job description vary dependent on the State of employment. Consideration of patients' special needs and their varied behaviors are always the main requirements from nursing aides.
For a certified nursing assistant to be employed, here are the minimum skills and knowledge requirements:
• She must be certified by her State of residence as a nurse aide
• Must be able to perform basic math calculations
• Exchange of patient care information is necessary on the job as well as keeping a courteous relationship with patients which is why a CNA must possess good interpersonal and communication skills
• The nurse aide must be able to fully communicate in English}. Basic English communication skills learned in high school level is sufficient for a nurse aide to be able to properly transcribe and communicate orders.
• As a nursing assistant, you must have a familiar of policies, procedures, organizational structure and standards of the health care center where you will be working.
• The CNA must participate in any ongoing trainings related to her job description.
The following are important CNA job descriptions:
• Arrange and give basic health care for patients and educate their families.
• Provide all necessary health care services as described by the medical facility's policy and procedure. Such duties are: determining patient intake and output, feeding patients, collecting specimens, taking vital signs, making beds, ambulating patients, giving enemas, giving complete or partial baths.
• Help move patients who are being admitted, transferred or discharged. Proper techniques in positioning, lifting and transporting patients with precaution are required.
• Contributing in patient development and reinforcing patient-teaching as initiated by the supervising nurse is also part of the CNA's job description
• CNAs are also expected to be able to provide emotional support to patients and their families
• Assist in other staff members' orientation
• Proper communication of all noted changes in patient condition to all members of the medical staff is necessary
• Ensure that the patient's corner is clean and well maintained.
• Help in sorting and retrieval of facility's supplies and equipments