Certified nursing assistant (CNA) helps perform basic tasks such as caring for patients; including bathing, dressing, grooming, exercising, and eating. It includes various other tasks like assisting the nurses in obtaining vital signs and collecting patient specimens.
If your goal is to become a nurse, starting out as a CNA is a great opportunity to explore the nursing field. You'll get the chance to work alongside LPNs and RNs in a variety of healthcare settings, earning invaluable experience and skills along the way.
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The demand for CNAs is growing faster than for workers in nearly every other job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 8% through 2030 to meet the demand of the aging baby boomer population.
Some of the leading employers of nurse aides are nurse care facilities (skilled and assisted living), hospitals, and home health.
Where Can I Work?
You can begin, or transform, your CNA career with a variety of different work settings. Many CNA's find success working in the hospital, nursing home, or private duty sectors. Explore each setting and pinpoint the setting that's perfect for you.
In a hospital, a CNA may have a different job title, such as technician. Duties can include taking vital signs, caring for catheters, transporting patients, keeping patients clean, and sitting with patients. In a large hospital, the CNA may escort families or help with discharging patients.
As a private duty CNA, you provide home care for each patient or client. In your role as a certified nursing assistant, your duties may include helping elderly patients with daily activities, providing basic medical care, and giving vital care information to nurses and other caregivers. Many CNAs also help provide emotional support to patients. Private duty CNA's often care for several patients each day, so having your own vehicle and a valid driver's license is essential in this role.
Similarly to working in a hospital, duties can include taking vital signs, caring for catheters, bathing patients, and assistance with feeding. Some CNAs decide to continue working in nursing homes throughout their CNA career because they have the same patients every day and enjoy the fast paced workplace.