All About Certified Nursing Assistant

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All About Certified Nursing Assistant

  1. 1. All About Certified Nursing Assistant
  2. 2. What Is A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?
  3. 3. A CNA is an individual working in healthcare. CNAs work under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) The CNA helps patients fulfill their basic quality of life needs.
  4. 4. These needs include nutrition and hygiene
  5. 5. They are legally prevented from performing certain medical procedures.
  6. 6. Roles Of A Certified Nursing Assistant
  7. 7. A CNA is the main liaison between the patient and the RN, LPN, and other medical professionals
  8. 8. The CNA acts as the eyes and ears of the medical team
  9. 9. The CNA relays information between multiple patients and the rest of the medical team.
  10. 10. The CNA helps patients fulfill their dietary, hygienic, and other basic quality of life needs
  11. 11. The CNA provides human compassion to patients.
  12. 12. Typical Job Description For A CNA • Take patients’ vital signs • Transfer patients from wheelchair to bed or vice versa as required • Assist patients in bathing and eating • Assist patients get exercise • Dispense patient medication • Clean and sanitize patient rooms and medical equipment • Apply supports and bandages as directed by nurse or physician • Document patient actions and events • Transmit patient concerns to relevant personnel
  13. 13. How to Become A CNA
  14. 14. To become a CNA ones needs a minimum of high school diploma or GED.
  15. 15. One enrolls and gets CNA training from an accredited institution.
  16. 16. The CNA candidate must complete at least 75 hours of classroom work and qualified practical work depending on the State or training institution
  17. 17. A CNA must complete the certification exam and may prepare for this through the CNAExamCram and other learning resources
  18. 18. Classroom Training For CNA Certification In the classroom setting, the CNA candidate undergoes a 6-12 week program where s/he is trained on: Basic nursing skills Human anatomy and physiology Diet and nutrition Control of infection
  19. 19. Types Of Institutions That Train CNAs High schools Vocational schools Community colleges Universities The Red Cross Private clinics Hospitals and other medical facilities The military
  20. 20. Where CNAs Work CNAs work under many different kinds of settings to provide healthcare to needy patients. The biggest employers of CNAs include: Nursing homes Hospital departments Doctor practices/doctors’ offices Outpatient clinics Private homes Schools
  21. 21. Careers Similar To CNA Nursing aide Psychiatric aide Medical assistant Physician’s assistant
  22. 22. Difference Between A CNA And Other Healthcare Careers
  23. 23. A nursing aide requires no actual degree or certification and one can become a nursing aide through on-the-job training alone
  24. 24. The is no prescribed certification for a medical assistant and each institution sets its own standards and minimum requirements
  25. 25. A physician’s assistant is more highly trained than a CNA and is legally empowered to perform certain medical procedures
  26. 26. A CNA has to get certification and renew it periodically
  27. 27. Responsibilities Of A CNA Administering treatments or medications such as catheterizations, enemas, massages, suppositories, or douches as prescribed by a physician Document patient progress and report observations, symptoms, and behaviors Sanitizing and cleaning patient’s rooms Apply clean bandages, dressing, or stocking under the supervision of an RN/LPN
  28. 28. Training Requirements For A CNA To become a CNA one has to complete a CNA training program from an accredited institution The training course takes anywhere between 4 to 12 weeks To obtain certification, one has to complete a CNA competency exam
  29. 29. Credentials Of A CNA To qualify as a CNA, one has to complete at least 75 hours of a stateapproved training course One has to pass a CNA competency exam One can also get credentials from The American Association of Medical Assistants and the Association of Medical Technologists A CNA has to regularly renew their credentials
  30. 30. Prerequisites For A CNA Some institutions require that the candidate enroll for the following before beginning the CNA training program: • CPR • First Aid • Anatomy and Physiology • Medical Terminology
  31. 31. Characteristics Of A CNA There are some human qualities that should be inherent to the individual willing to succeed as a CNA. These include: Compassion Empathy Patience Observation skills
  32. 32. CNA Pay And Benefits • CNAs in the US receive an annual average salary of about $24,000 per year • The lowest-paid 10% bracket earn about $17,800 each year • The highest-paid 10% bracket earns about $34,600 per year
  33. 33. CNA Best States To Work In The following is the list of the Top 10 US States that employ the most CNAs and pay the best rates in descending order: 1. New York 2. California 3. Texas 4. Florida 5. Pennsylvania 6. Ohio 7. Michigan 8. Idaho 9. New Mexico 10. Alabama
  34. 34. CNA Job Outlook • The Bureau of Labor Statistics has a positive outlook on the CNA career with projections of rising demand of over 20% by the year 2020. • There is also high demand for medical professionals with a CNA background and as such, an RN or LPN with CNA background will earn more • CNAs can advance their education while on the job to earn associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees and enhance their marketability

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