CNA Job Description
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is an integral part of a healthcare team. They often work directly with patients to keep them comfortable. CNAs may perform necessary tasks that keep facilities running. Doctors, nurses, and CNAs work together to ensure patients receive quality care.
A CNA is usually the healthcare team member that spends the most time with the patient. Under the direction of a nurse, CNA carries out several patient care tasks.
Patients often build a close relationship with CNAs, which can positively impact patients’ quality of life and may lead to better recovery. Doctors and nurses rely on feedback and input from the CNAs in order to best treat patients.
CNA duties often include:
- Recording vital signs like temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure.
- Determine patient’s pain level
- Helping patients eat
- Assisting patients with bathing or changing
- Moving patients to prevent bedsores
- Aiding in wound care
- Assisting nurses with medical procedures
- Transporting patients
- Laundering and changing linens
- Restocking supplies
- Updating information in the patient chart
- Answering patient questions
The career outlook for CNAs is good – there are many CNA jobs available since there is a high demand for their skills.
CNA License Information
In order to be employed as CNA, you must get a certification in your state. While each state may have slightly different requirements, most require similar steps.
- Complete an approved CNA program – Most programs are 3 to 10 weeks. Courses usually involve classroom plus hands-on learning.
- Pass a CNA Certification Exam – Each state requires an exam that has a written component along with a skills competency evaluation.
- Register with the state’s licensing board – States have their own licensing or certification process. Usually, you’ll have to fill out an application and pay a registration fee.
Learn more about certification requirements in the states our CNAs work in:
- Arizona: Board of Nursing – Certified Nursing Assistant / Licensed Nursing Assistant
- Colorado: Department of Regulatory Agencies – Certified Nurse Aide
- Idaho: Board of Nursing – Nurse Aide Registry
- Indiana: Department of Health – Certified Nurse Aide
- Oklahoma: Department of Health – Nurse Aide and Nontechnical Services Worker Registry
- Washington: Department of Health – Nursing Assistant and Medication Assistant
- Wisconsin: Department of Health Services – Certified Nurse Aide
We help many types of healthcare facilities fill their CNA shifts. Our CNA jobs include positions in:
- Nursing Homes
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Labor and Delivery
- Operation Room
- Emergency Room
- Other specialties