What does a Certified Nursing Assistant do?

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As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients. Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At AIHT Education students can received hands-on training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified as a Nurse Aide in the State of Connecticut.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) fill the gap between patients and nurses – providing quality-of-life care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care and hospice facilities, and in residential settings. They also gather vital information about patients’ conditions, which they relay to their supervisors, so their patients can get the care they need.

Below are some examples of daily actives of a CNA:
– Cleaning and bathing patients
– Help patient use the toilet and to get dressed
– Take care of combing hair, shaving caring for nails and brushing  teeth
– Turn, transfer and reposition your patients between the wheelchair and bed
– Help to take patients to eat and to participate in various activities
– Serve the patients meals and in some cases, to help them eat if they cannot do it for themselves

One of your key roles is to assist your Register Nurse (RN) supervisor in doing his or her job. You will need to listen to patient’s health concerns and record them in notes, either on paper or in an electronic system. After that, you will need to report this new health information to the RN. You will be dealing with a person with a number of health problems, which will vary depending upon the patient. You are going to need to speed much of your time as a CNA working to manage those problems.

For example, you will in some cases need to tend to patient wounds. You will need to clean them, dress them, and ensure that they are healing properly. Also, you will need to work to prevent bed sores in your patients. You will need to reposition your patient often and turn them regularly.

By focusing your efforts as a CNA on these essential tasks, you can really make a strong difference in the lives of your patients.

Are you interested in become a CNA?

The first step to getting your career started is visiting AIHT’S Admission Department. Our friendly and knowledgeable counselors will help you get acquainted with AIHT and our professors, discuss our training programs and answer any and all questions you may have.

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