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How to Become a CNA Nursing Assistant
Also called a nurse’s aide and patient care technician, a CNA nursing assistant usually works with elderly patients or mentally challenged persons in long-term care facilities. Although it is an incredibly satisfying occupation, being a CNA is extremely demanding. These guidelines will help you to appreciate all the facets of being a CNA.
1. Get the required training. A CNA nursing assistant is required to attain a certain amount of training. The training requirements differ from state to state but typically entail taking a class, or classes, at a geriatric facility, Red Cross, or community college. CNA's have the opportunity to obtain paid training when they commit to work for a facility for a certain amount of time in many areas.
2. Have plenty of patience. A CNA nursing assistant needs to be very patient since working with mentally disabled and older people with unpredictable memories and dispositions can become overwhelming and extremely wearisome. A successful CNA will be very tolerant and grounded.
3. Hold a lot of compassion in your heart. A CNA nursing assistant must have a vast amount of concern and understanding for the patients in her care in order to be really good at her job. The job presents many tests that call for you to remain composed and compassionate. True concern for your patients is vital in being a good CNA.
4. Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills. As a CNA nursing assistant you will be required to talk with the patients' relatives and friends to keep them up-to-date and knowledgeable about the patients’ conditions, and you will also need to speak with nurses and doctors. Good communication skills are very important to a CNA.
5. Be able to carry out all essential job requirements and duties. Bathing and dressing patients, ensuring that they maintain dental hygiene, keeping bed linens dry and clean, serving food trays, feeding patients when needed, lifting patients in and out of wheelchairs and beds, monitoring the patients' conditions, and recording blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, and weight in the patients’ charts are some of the responsibilities of the CNA nursing assistant. This means that being a CNA presents certain physical demands. CNAs need to actually be able to pick up and move patients.