There will always be something for you to do.
1. Help turn every pt Q2 hr (usually a 2 person job)
2. Usually night shift bathes all the patients. Huge undertaking for 30
patients. This is definitely a 2 person job 90% of the time.
3. Empty foleys for 30 pts at end of shift and tell the nurse how much
4. Make yourself available for code browns, searching for supplies, picking
up blood products from the blood bank.
5. Answer call lights for those pts (and families) that can use it.
6. Round and ask the nurses if they need help with anything in your spare
7. Accuchecks for those without A-lines.
8. Help wire up and transfer to the ICU bed any new admissions.
9. Stock things (each unit will be different on what you are responsible for)
10. Empty garbage, dispose of full linen bags for all the rooms.
Depending on the CNA scope of practice for your state, you might get to be
more involved. Be aware of your scope because you don't want to get
fired for being out of scope. In my state, you can do compressions in a code
or run for supplies......that's about it. You can't record. You can watch if
the room is not REALLY crowded.
Most units don't even have CNAs. Mine does and I am really grateful for it.
Thank you all ICU CNAs!