I work a day/night rotation, 2 twelve hour, 2 eight hour shifts.
If I work in the morning, I am assigned 5 patients for AM care. If you work evenings and nights, you are not assigned to particular patients, but will pick a side of the floor for tasks that need to be done.
We get a break off the unit, some choose to stay on the unit in the conference room. I feel respected as a member of the healthcare team, and the RNs I work with are great, they all know I am a student, and take every opportunity to answer my questions.
I ambulate and do ROM, take admission & as ordered vitals, do accuchecks, showers, make beds/change linens, turn and reposition, ADLs, answer call lights, d/c Saline Locks, do EKGs, incontinence care, pass trays, feed, set up tube feeds, do DSD changes, colostomy care, assist the nurses with procedures, teds/scds, set patients up for telemetry, relieve patient observers, and act as a patient observer when needed and I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting, and other things that the nurses allow me to do that they wouldn't allow the non-nursing student techs to do.
I've worked in a large Boston hospital for two months, and before this was on a LTC dementia unit. I make 13.25 an hour, plus differentials. I have no clue how many CNAs are employed by the hospital. There are actually three different positions that serve the same essential functions: CNAs (Techs), Student Nurse I, and Student Nurse II, SN I's can do more than Techs, and SN IIs can do more than both Techs and SN I's. I'm a Student Nurse II.