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What is a typical work day like for a CNA?
what is their work schedule like?
how do CNA's interact with patients?
What are their duties?
what unit/speciality do they mainly work in?
what do CNA's in the Emergency Department do?
As a CNA/GNA, my normal day in my assisted living facility consists of the following
-Waking, bathing/grooming, and dressing residents (about 2/3 of our patients cannot get ready on their own)
-Completing vitals and weights
-Preparing breakfast/Passing meds
-Cleaning and disinfecting every room and bathroom
-Engaging the residents in a daily exercise
-Laundry and any additional housekeeping that needs to be done
-Engaging residents in a game or activity (arts & crafts)
-Preparing dinner/passing meds
I didn't include time for family visits or incidents from my dementia residents because each day holds something new.
I love interacting with my residents. I see them so often and spend so much time with them that they become family, even if some of them don't remember from hour to hour.
Your CNA duties will vary from facility to facility, but most often you are assisting with vitals and activities of daily living. The previous poster said it best, you are doing what the patient cannot do for themselves.
I also work in the Emergency Department of my local hospital and it is very different from the assisted living. I still have to do light cleaning of rooms and patients, but at my hospital CNAs/Techs are responsible for performing 12 lead EKGs, starting IV lines, drawing blood, straight cathing, foley cathing and a few other responsibilities that I can't think of while I'm typing this. The roles of this job are truly preparing me for nursing school and beyond.
Also, try not to buy into the bottom of the food chain thinking. We are crucial at the ground level. That's the thought I meditate on and also, you have to learn the entry-level info before continuing to progress in your skills and education. Hope this helps.