I'm assuming CNA's are welcome here even though we're not actually nurses.
I'm in PA and was wondering if someone could answer some questions for me. I have been all over the web trying to find ANY documentation of exactly what CNA's can or can't do in the state of PA. I can find what you have to do to become certified as a CNA in regards to skills, testing etc. but as for what you actually CAN do, there seems to be a pretty much nothing. Basically all I can find is that we work under the supervision of a nurse...
I've checked the Board of Nursing, which apparently has nothing to do with CNA's. The only thing I can find is the site that does the actual CNA testing (www.promissor.com
) and the nurses aide registry.
Also, I'd love to go back to school for nursing. I realize that being a CNA in no way compares to what I'd have to learn in nursing school, but is it possible to get ANY credit for being a CNA? Even credit for a basic course (something that teaches ambulating, bathing, feeding ) would help....
On another note...I work with some wonderful nurses. I work nights in LTC and there's only one aide per wing. The nurses have no problem helping with rounds etc. which is just wonderful.
I do feel that CNA's on a whole are underappreciated (or maybe I should say "unrecognized" (lol) though....(I don't mean by the nurses) Heck, half the people that I tell I'm a CNA don't even know what that is!
I'd sure like to hear from any other CNA's here too.