CNA - CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
Certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, are vital in providing direct healthcare. Under nurses’ supervision, CNAs assist patients with various tasks related to their well-being. Some of the responsibilities include turning or moving patients, gathering medical supplies, bathing and grooming patients, feeding and documenting their intake, checking vital signs, answering patient calls, documenting information, cleaning rooms, and bed linens, stocking supplies, assisting with medical procedures, implementing safety procedures, and transporting patients. While specific duties may vary depending on the healthcare facility and state regulations, the primary objective remains to ensure patients receive proper care and to maintain their safety during their stay in the healthcare facility.
CNAs can be found in hospitals, long-term residential facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, adult daycare centers, and occasionally clinical settings.