What is a Certified Nursing Assistant

A certified nursing assistant (CNAs) is an individual responsible for providing basic patient care under the supervision of an RN or LPN.

Where do CNAs work?

Certified nursing assistants work in physicians’ offices, nursing home and residential care facilities, and in home healthcare agencies.

What does a typical day look like for a CNA?

CNAs perform basic duties such as answer call lights, assist patients with bathing and dressing, serve and feed patient meals, take vital signs, report changes to nursing staff, and transport patients and make beds.

How do you become a certified nursing assistant?

A CNA must complete an accredited practical nursing program, complete a state approved nurse’s aide training program, and successfully pass the state nurse aid exam.

Becoming a CNA is a great stepping-stone to becoming a nurse. A CNA who wishes to continue their nursing education, can look into an associate degree in nursing (RN) program. Many individuals interested in pursuing their nursing education will begin at a college that offers an RN program and skip the CNA program all together. It is not required that you get your CNA prior to enrolling in an RN program.

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