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Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs to Consider
Certified nursing assistants do not have the most fabulous, well-paid job in the world, but they are the most indispensable unit in a hospital. Certified nursing assistants must have patience, compassion and empathy for the patient they are looking after, since they are the ones who take care of the patient firsthand. Patients are usually unable to take care of themselves, so certified nursing assistants are the ones who perform the basic daily care for them. CNAs are present to reduce the stress caused by sickness or old age and aid the patient well into recovery.
So what are these certified nursing assistants? If they’re so important, how come they are not as commonly mentioned as doctors or nurses? Certified nursing assistants are frequently called patient care technicians, home health aides, nurses’ aides and orderlies. They all work under the command of a registered nurse, so there’s no need to fear that they do not know what they are doing. Certified nursing assistants are the real hands-on caretakers of the patient’s health, since they are the ones who offer basic care assistance such as checking the patient’s vital signs, grooming the patient, feeding them the food that their body needs, bathing them, assisting them in repositioning themselves or exercising, as well as giving support to the nurses while they tackle medical equipment. Certified nursing assistants are also the ones who give out emotional support, verification of their patient’s conditions, and social partners while the patient is confined in the hospital, nursing home, or a friend’s home (in the case of the home-based assistants).
There are different job locations of a CNA. You may be assigned in a nursing home, hospital, home based, or the doctor’s office. Listed below are job descriptions if ever you decide to work in any of these locations.
Hospital – if a CNA is assigned to a hospital they might be the ones responsible for taking direct care of the patients. They will have to be able to do tasks including: taking blood pressures, weights, and temperatures. They monitor vitals periodically throughout the day and night. They are the ones who are obliged to provide the patients the things that they need such as water, pillows, blankets, etc. They may also be the ones who would give sponge baths to the patients.
Nursing Home – for those who plan to work in nursing homes, the responsibilities that they have are usually the same as those who are assigned in the hospital. They are the ones who are accountable on giving the elders their food, medicine and other basic needs as well as take their vital signs.
Doctors Office – They will be the ones who will take blood pressure and body temperatures of those who go for a medical checkup, and they are the ones who are in charge of doing the clinical paperwork. They may also be the ones who are responsible for the sanitation of treatment rooms or filing records.
Even if being a certified nursing assistant is a tiring and strenuous job, it is a very gratifying job with good pay and surefire job opportunities.