What Are the Day-to-Day Duties and Responsibilities of a CNA?
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Host Question: What are the day to day duties and responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant?
Guest Answer: So it depends on where you are, depending on if you work in a hospital or if you do home health and hospice, you’re basically always turning patients every couple of hours to prevent bed sores, you’re helping slide them up into bed so they’re not slouching, you’re bathing, you’re grooming, brushing teeth, brushing hair, you’re checking vital signs, you’re cleaning up their rooms, doing any wound care if they have any. Some require that you document, input, and output to make sure that their body is functioning properly. You help transport them to doctor’s offices. You can do grocery shopping for them.
But a lot of the time you’re just there to have companionship and make sure that they’re clean and healthy. In the hospital, you can have anywhere depending on the size of the wing, you can have anywhere from five to twenty patients. If you work in a nursing home, it’s usually you and one other person, and you just kind of split the duties or say, I’ll get this side. You get this side.
If you do home health, it depends on the type of visit, because that depends on how long it is. And how long you work during a day.
So if you work part time, you could do anywhere from five to six a day, but if you work full time, it could be anywhere from ten to twelve
Guest Answer: The exact duties are gonna vary based on where you work.
You know, it’s common to work in hospitals and long term care facilities or sometimes in home settings, but generally you’re going to be helping people with personal care going to the bathroom, maybe putting on motion or brushing your teeth. You might need to help prepare their food as far as cutting it up.
In some cases, you help feed them. You might help then put in their hearing aids or do range of motion, you know, exercises or different things.
There’s always a written care plan. You’re always working under a nurse, and there’s always a written care plan that will let you know what you can and can’t do you are trained as a CNA to know which situations need to be referred to and reported to the nurse.
Guest Answer: I can vary depending on like where you work. So if we work, like in a facility, it would be for, like, day shift to be getting the patients up for breakfast, all the ADLs, the, you know, assisted, like, daily living stuff like dressing them, bathing them, brushing their teeth, helping feed them, and then probably later on, like, vital signs, talking to the nurse to see if there’s anything that needs to be addressed that she needs to be made aware of.
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