It is the job of a certified nursing assistant to work in hospitals, homes, clinics, or long tern care facilities where they will have a number of tasks to perform. They will work under the supervision of either an LPN or RN and must understand how to perform the most basic of tasks. These tasks might include:
- Monitoring vital signs
- Monitoring fluid intake and output
- Transporting patient
- Admitting patients
- Discharging patients
- Administering certain medications
In order to learn all of these skills you can go through what is commonly referred to as a, CNA certificate program. These are offered at universities, community colleges, and occupational schools. The most basic of classes will be; basic anatomy, physiology, infection control, body mechanics, communication skills, taking vital signs, patient transport and safety, basic first aid, and documentation.
According to standard and requirements each CNA certificate program must offer no less than 75 hours of training. This must include clinical work. Each student will be required to complete 16 hours of supervised clinical training in long care term facilities or hospitals. They must also complete 12 hours of continuation education each year to keep the certificate up to date. A CPR certification is also required and must be kept up to date.
When you are working with sick patients you have to make sure that you are going to be able to work long hours and not spread any germs to them. That is why each certified nursing assistant must have a yearly examination and be in pristine physical condition. They must have their immunizations up to date and be tested for certain infections.
Most programs will run a criminal background check and fingerprint check to make sure that you do not have a record of any kind. This ensures that you are responsible and that each patient is in the hands of someone safe and reliable.