The role of a certified nursing assistant is to offer assistance to nurses who work in various healthcare facilities including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and doctor’s offices and in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes where they provide basic care needs to patients. They may also work with patients in their homes.
There is a certain amount of training necessary for this type of job. Generally it takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on the program to complete training. Students are required to get certification and pass an examination before graduating. The classes are usually taught by registered nurses.
Many colleges or organizations such as The Red Cross offer training programs. In addition to training, good people skills, patience and compassion are needed for this type of work.
At the present time there are not any accredited online courses for credited assistant nurses so if a site claims to be accredited an inquiry about the site should be made with the National League for Nursing Accredited Commission.
Some nursing assistants may be required to help lift patients or help with physical therapy. This is especially true for those patients who are in long term care facilities or those who are in a coma or those who are paralyzed, so being physically fit and having knowledge of how to safely lift patients is a plus.
The certified nursing assistant will assists nurses in the following ways
helping bathe and dress patients
aid with feeding and serving meals
checking vital signs such as blood pressure
answering patients call lights
making patients’ bed
taking patients in and out of wheelchairs
helping patients with range of motion exercise
change beds or empty bedpans
assist patients to bathroom
These duties are the role of a credited nursing assistant. More suites include being responsible for charting patients vitals. The nursing assistant also needs to be keenly aware of any changes in the patients’ vital signs and report any major changes to the nursing staff. An assistant nurse may also be required to keep track of patient’s records of and operate telephones or intercoms.
Mainly the role a credited nursing assistant is to perform the duties a nurse would perform so they nurses will have more time to provide better care to patients that require more training than a nursing assistant has such as administering medications for IVs and giving proper medications to patients.The skills which are required for a credited nursing assistant to learn are not any different than those needed to become a qualified nurse. Many assistant nurses further their education and go on to become registered nurses.