Some say that back-breaking jobs are left for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to do. Compared to the work of doctors and nurses, the job of a CNA is would seem like manual labor. The responsibilities of CNAs are usually the same worldwide. Some state legislations however, place boundaries on the CNAs’ responsibilities that are more stringent than others. The following are responsibilities commonly done by CNAs.
Observe their patients/clients and relay changes to supervising RN-The CNAs are the front line workers who deal with patients. They are more likely the ones to notice any changes in their clients’ status.
Facilitate/assist with their patients’ personal hygiene and basic needs-This includes tasks such as bathing, eating, brushing the teeth, combing the hair, cutting their nails, going to the toilet and so on.
Monitor and record patients’ vital signs-This includes the temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and even the pain level if any. Assists patients’ as they go from one place to another as well as ensuring safety during transport. Mobilize bed-ridden patients and assist patients as they walk-To prevent bed sores from developing and promote safety during activity. Collect urine specimens-Urine collection is a routine procedure that can be delegated to CNAs.
Document food and fluid intake-The CNAs are the ones who are more likely to be present at the time patients’ are eating, hence, this job is delegated to them as well.
Make sure that necessary infection control measures are maintained-The CNAs like all the other members of the health care team have to follow infection control protocols to avoid further spread of any present infection.
Prepare patients for any procedure that needs to be done-This includes prepping the patient prior to the transfer to the operating room.
Change patient’s gown and linens as needed.
Interact with the patients’ significant others-Being the front liners in the care of patients, the CNAs are usually the ones whom family member tell their concerns to. The CNA can really this to the supervising RN.
The aforementioned tasks require the sweat and effort of a CNA. It certainly isn’t done in just a breeze but definitely not impossible to do. Good health is a must. Otherwise, the CNA is not at his/her optimum level to perform the job. Also, it is important to remember that tasks performed that are outside the job description of a CNA constitute malpractice.
The responsibilities of a CNA are indeed harder in terms of effort. It can be easy to give up. One should love the job and be willing to do as directed to last as a CNA.