i need a brief description on what CNA`s do.

  1. i need a brief description on what CNA`s basically do. i am in high school doing my senior year. My school has a nursing academy and in my senior year i will be able to take a CNA class and then go on to taking the florida board of nursing test. i would just like to know what they basically do. thank you so much,
    alexandra
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   sbic56
    In a nutshell...CNA's deliver basic, non invasive hands on care to patients.

    Including:


    showers/bathing/Bed Baths
    incontinence care
    linen changes
    shaving patients
    brushing dentures or teeth
    assist with transfers, to chair, to bed, etc
    assist with walking
    taking vital signs, ie temp, pulse, respirations, blood pressures
    observing for changes in patients, ie behavior, skin condition, bowel
    problems, eating pattern
    assist with delivering, setting up trays or feeding patients
    assurring patient safety & comfort
    addressing other basic patient needs as needed
    documentation within scope of practice

    Reporting anything unusual or requiring attention by nursing to the LPN/RN in charge

    Hope this helps!!
  4. by   DusktilDawn
    Quote from sbic56
    In a nutshell...CNA's deliver basic, non invasive hands on care to patients.

    Including:


    showers/bathing/Bed Baths
    incontinence care
    linen changes
    shaving patients
    brushing dentures or teeth
    assist with transfers, to chair, to bed, etc
    assist with walking
    taking vital signs, ie temp, pulse, respirations, blood pressures
    observing for changes in patients, ie behavior, skin condition, bowel
    problems, eating pattern
    assist with delivering, setting up trays or feeding patients
    assurring patient safety & comfort
    addressing other basic patient needs as needed
    documentation within scope of practice

    Reporting anything unusual or requiring attention by nursing to the LPN/RN in charge

    Hope this helps!!
    :yeahthat: And depending on where they work they may be allowed to do venipunctures, EKGs, and other tasks. Highschool, why not call HR at a few places where you live that employ CNAs, explain who you are and why your calling. You'd be surprised at how they may be willing to help you. I've done this as a college student for projects/assignments, once I had to call the local Health Units for statistics and other info, the person I spoke to provided all sorts of stats and info and even arranged for me to pick-up the info.
  5. by   nursingstudent714
    i appreciate your responses.
  6. by   Larry77
    At the hospital I work in CNA's also discontinue (take-out) Foley catheter's (urine catheter's) and IV's...along with EKG's. Also it depends on what department you work in. In the OR our CNA's become scrub-techs and are the ones that actually hold the retractors for the surgeons (tools that hold back tissue so surgeon can access surgical site).
  7. by   CoffeeRTC
    All great descriptions, but a major pre requisit.....CARE.
  8. by   sbic56
    Quote from michelle126
    All great descriptions, but a major pre requisit.....CARE.
    That's right...the most important quality!
  9. by   Cute_CNA
    One more thing... I've had older CNAs tell me this... don't be a CNA forever! Move on to something that pays better. I personally don't find it very satisfying. I'd recommend using it as a stepping stone.
  10. by   allele
    Along with what everyone said, you can also perform straight caths, insert foley caths, (you'd probably see this a lot in rehab, that's where I did it as a CNA), get blood glucose levels, and where I work now all CNA's are trained as monitor techs....they learn to read ECG strips and watch for dangerous rhythms (with practice they become VERY good!) I also have to reiterate the poster that mentioned that CARE is the MAJOR part of the job. The CNA's I work with are many times my eyes and ears for anything from an alarming IMED to a change in the way a patient looks, or assessing their skin when they do ADL's. Good luck!
  11. by   Larry77
    Quote from allele
    Along with what everyone said, you can also perform straight caths, insert foley caths, (you'd probably see this a lot in rehab, that's where I did it as a CNA), get blood glucose levels, and where I work now all CNA's are trained as monitor techs....they learn to read ECG strips and watch for dangerous rhythms (with practice they become VERY good!) I also have to reiterate the poster that mentioned that CARE is the MAJOR part of the job. The CNA's I work with are many times my eyes and ears for anything from an alarming IMED to a change in the way a patient looks, or assessing their skin when they do ADL's. Good luck!
    In my state CNA's cannot insert Foley's or Straight Caths...is considered invasive procedure...only licensed staff. However in home care and assisted living procedures like those and med administration can be delegated to a CNA by an RN.

    BTW...our CNA's also do glucometer checks...some loophole at hospital calling it delegated task...not sure how we get away with it because technically it is not legal in hospital setting per our Nursing Practice Laws...
  12. by   michelleicu
    I really, really ,really hate math but I really really want to give nursing a try but to be an lvn I need pre algerbra .I have not opened a math book since 1989!How can I refresh my brain,i'm fearful of whats ahead as far as dosage calculations .

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