what's the difference between ADN & CNA? what does a adn do?
also, does a nursing assistant and home health aide have different duties and which one is ranked higher in education?
and i'm confused with the NA/HHA exam vs. the NNAAP exam. what's the difference and is it for two totally different (whats the word?) job?
on another note, what's a passing score on the exam? i've never tooken a cna training program but took a sample test online..some of them were common sense..does that go the same for the real exam? i got 40/60 :S i believe that if i take the training course, i'd get at least 50+
Oct 16, '06
CNA is a very necessary, but low wage position due to the difference in educational background. Some courses in this area can be anywhere from 6 weeks to three months. You perform basic pt care. I don't consider it 'the nurse's dirty work' because of how important it is to the patient. (Perhaps, the person performing the duty wishes they didn't have to do the job...but to that pt taking a bath and being assisted to the bathroom or placed on the bedpan, it is an extremely important aspect to everyday living) A CNA has every right to be proud of the duties they perform and if that is what you wish to be...NEVER let anyone make you feel inferior.
An ADN in nursing is quite different. You receive extensive collegiate level training in not only nursing care, but the humanities and sciences. You learn very valuable skills as well as the rationale behind performing those skills, the importance of critical thinking, pathophysiology of various diseases/disorders, common diagnostic procedures, function of other healthcare providers/delegation of duties, physician responsibility, pharmocology, when to question physician orders, ethical/legal aspects, pt advocacy, etc. etc. It is quite rigorous and you are awarded a license by the state in which you practice with autonomy. You can find yourself in a world of trouble if you violate the terms of licensure, standards of care set forth by professional organizations, regulations of the state nurse practice act, or violations of hospital policy. In short, it is a greater amount of knowledge and scope of practice, balanced with a greater amount of personal liability. While some argue that the pay is great in comparison to the former feild, most nurses would disagree.
I cannot speak to any other questions addressed in your post, but I hope this is helpful. For more information on different levels of care provided by healthcare workers, you may want to speak to a representative at a local university or hospital. The state Board of Nursing has a wealth of information available as well on the scope of practice of the nurse( RN and LPN), and what can be delegated to unlicensed assistive personnel.
Last edit by nurse4theplanet on Oct 16, '06