Quote from ~futureOBnurse~
I am about to go to STNA classes (im pretty sure thats the same as CNA, correct me if im wrong). I was wondering what EXACTLY CNA's do. I know that they do the personal hygeine and stuff, but I want details... weird, i know. Also, where exactly can a CNA work... just Nursing Homes? Also, how much on average to they make in specific settings? Please give me ANY info you have... thanks!
sorry about the title of this message... its supposed to say "do" not "to". typo.
CNA's can work in all departments of a hospital, nursing homes, subacute care facilities (Skilled Nursing), clinics, home health, Hospice, etc. Most places you can find a nurse, you can find a CNA...possibly with the exception of surgery or something highly specialized.
Pay varies depending on where you live. I believe you make more in a nursing home than in a hospital. I work nights at a local hospital in ortho (I'm trained by the facility to assist pts w/ ADL's that have had joint replacements.) Here is a typical night:
2300-0000: Arrive, get report, correct the report I'm given with accurate information, find out q4h V/S. Make first rounds during this time, check trash, linen, take vital signs, reposition people for comfort.
0000-0100: Finish up vital signs. Assist as needed with taking people to the bathroom. Make second rounds (if pts are asleep I just pop my head in the door.)
0200-0400: Answer call lights (and believe me in ortho there are a lot of them going off because EVERYONE usually needs assistance to the bathroom, with turning over, etc.) It seems like this time would be laid back but you are pretty busy. If time permits, I'll clean out the kitchen and the report room and try to stock the supply room.
0400-0600: Vital signs on every patient and intake/output for the shift. Empty foleys and urinals, ask pt how much they have had to drink, if they've had a BM, etc. I usually have to do vitals on 30 patients and everyone wants something when you come in there, so this will take up the whole two hours.
0600-0630: Assist nurses with printing vitals off the computer and putting them in the chart. Answering lights. Helping lab hold people still for their blood draws.
0630-0700: Ready my report. I usually just take a new report sheet and write it out in pencil so I don't have to wait for the next shift to write down everything I say. Report usually takes 15-20 mins because day shift has to figure out what aide is going to take what patients and if they have to float to another unit. I sometimes make a last set of rounds with the oncoming shift to be that everyone is changed and that all comfort measures are addressed before I leave. Also, during this time I'll bathe a few post-op joint replacements, change their TED hoses, dress them in there own clothes, and ambulate them to the chair for PT.
It doesn't seem like a whole lot, but I didn't mention that total care patients have to be turned q2h (well actually just anyone who has had surgery and can't move themselves), people have briefs that need to be changed every hour or two, you have to do mouth care on a few patients at various times during the night...and then there's always that patient with the high BP or temp that youll have to keep re-checking all night for the nurse.
It may sound overwhelming, but I enjoy it. I couldn't see myself working at a nursing home because I want to know that the patient I take care of will be healthy and walk out the door in a few days.
Hope this helps some.