What exactly are the responsibilities of a Certified Nursing Assistant or CNA? The range of responsibilities varies on where you work (work setting) and the state where you live. As with the job itself, you will be under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
The key responsibilities of the Certified Nursing Assistant position are to provide quality patient care to residents and patients and carry out the individual care plan assigned to him by his direct supervisor who is the registered nurse on duty or the licensed practical nurse. He will be responsible in part about the patient’s physical, mental and social well-being. He is expected to contribute to the care planning process by providing the hospital staff with the necessary information and observations of the patient he is taking care of. The nursing assistant will attend to the individual needs of patients which may include assistance with bathing, feeding, general personal hygiene, toileting and incontinent care and other needs pertaining to the individual care plan. The CNA will also be in charge of the maintenance and cleanliness of his patient’s room and environment. His responsibilities should support the overall goal of the hospital or institution he’s working for.
He will be generally responsible for the daily management and overall routine of the patient. This is especially true when caring for the elderly patients in nursing or retirement homes and institutions. If he works in a hospital, his responsibilities will vary depending on the unit or facility he is assigned to—emergency, intensive care or trauma units. But he will normally be required to monitor and record vital signs such as pulse, temperature, blood pressure, respiration and the patient’s level of pain. Certain functions such as turning bedridden patients on his side to prevent bed sores or helping a disabled elderly into his wheelchair are also part of his responsibilities as a certified nursing assistant. His scope of work is really wide and varied.
A person wishing to be a certified nursing assistant must attend CNA classes so he can perform these responsibilities well once he is employed. He must also be willing to learn protocols for various procedures in a hospital setting or other work setting. He must take part in the overall care plan program of the hospital and most of all, his patient.
The responsibilities of a CNA can be overwhelming sometimes and avoiding unnecessary stress should be avoided as much as possible so as not to affect your performance. Since he works directly with patients, he must always be at his best behavior. It is important that you pay attention to burnout, since patient care is the first thing to suffer.