On this blog, we celebrate the hard work and determination of those wanting to become certified nursing assistants. And, yes, we are a little biased toward wanting you to take the leap into the challenging, wonderful world of being a CNA. But we also know a sane person doesn’t apply for a job without knowing what they’d have to do for it first. Because we support making informed decisions, we’ve compiled a quick overview of what certified nursing assistants do.
Meeting Patient’s Personal Needs
Whatever the setting, a lot of a CNA’s day consists of meeting the personal needs of their patients. This includes helping with personal hygiene, toileting, exercise, and making sure patients get proper amounts of food and drink. Patients with limited mobility may also need help rolling over in bed to prevent sores, rising from bed, and moving to different rooms. This care can be physically strenuous and requires a good deal of patience, but it meets people on a level more personal than others in the medical field are privileged to.
Observing Medical Needs
As a CNA, you are not usually expected to perform medical procedures or make diagnoses. However, you will be expected to check vitals such as temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. Because of that, CNAs are sometimes the first to know if there is something wrong with a patient and can find help. CNAs may also help remind patients of their medications and assist them in taking them, preventing them from needing additional medical attention.
Record keeping is not often seen as glamourous in any profession. However, as a CNA, it’s incredibly necessary. Those who are under the care of a CNA—whether in a nursing facility, hospital, or in-home—are likely dealing with ongoing medical conditions. The proper record keeping done by a CNA will help give the doctors a clearer picture of the progress of a health condition and inform the patient’s future care.
Housekeeping is a smaller but still important part of a CNA’s daily routine, and it may look a little different depending on the setting. In hospitals, this may mostly include changing sheets and clearing a room of trash or dust. A nursing home may require laundry and dishes to be done as well. An in-home setting may call for you to do all these things plus some light meal prep. These little tasks help improve the emotional wellbeing of both patients and their families.
Certified nursing assistants have a variety of individual tasks, but if you had to sum up what certified nursing assistants do, it is improving patient quality of life, supporting patients, and being with them for all the little day to day things that others may not be present for. We’ve done our part to help you make an informed decision. Now it’s up to you to make the decision to become a nursing assistant in Florida.