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Certified Nursing Assistant Positions
Certified Nursing Assistant Positions vary in terms of area assignments, departments and tasks. As a certified nursing assistant, you may be able to pick where you want to work by applying to work areas of your choice. Here are some certified nursing assistant positions that you may find interesting.
Hospital CNA - This is the most common CNA position, as hospitals employ the highest number of CNAs. The hospital is one of the most high-stress environments that a certified nursing assistant can work in, especially if you are assigned in the emergency room or ICU. Hospital CNAs provide one on one care with patients, observe and monitor patient conditions, help the patient with daily tasks and the like. However, a CNA cannot dispense medication.
Nursing Home CNA - You can also choose to work as a nursing home CNA. Plenty of CNAs also work for nursing homes or elderly homes. In this work - set up, you will be assigned to one or two patients whom you will have to look after on a daily basis. Depending on the condition and mobility of your patient, you will have to help him eat, bathe, assist in medication and assist in your patient's interaction with other people. You will also be involved in taking care of household duties such as cleaning your patient's room or changing beddings and linen.
Depending on the patient or the elderly assigned to you, working as a Nursing Home CNA can be less stressful than working inside a hospital.
CNAs can also work in private homes of the elderly. Other tasks may include accompanying the patient to errands or even driving him or her to and from several destinations. One may also need to get a home health aide certification on top of a certified nursing assistant certification for this.
Doctor's Office CAN - A CNA can also be employed in a doctor's office. Often acting as a receptionist, the CNA is usually at the forefront of the office, attending to patients in waiting. CNAs in doctor's offices may be assigned with patient documentation, and this includes getting files and filling them up for clients. As a doctor's office CNA you may also need to clean up the doctor's office or the patient's office and make sure that the environment is kept sanitary.
If you choose to become a certified nursing assistant, then you will certainly find plenty of certified nursing assistant positions even in different areas of health care. What is important is that you have had the proper training and that you have the patience and compassion that is needed to take good care of the patients assigned to you.