What Does a CNA Do?

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) provide intimate, hands-on healthcare to patients in medical settings, helping with bathing, dressing and the basic activities of life. A day in the life of a CNA might also include:

  • Turning or repositioning bedridden patients
  • Taking patients’ temperature, blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Answering patient calls
  • Documenting patients’ health issues and report to nurses
  • Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
  • Cleaning rooms and bed linens
  • Helping with medical procedures
  • Dressing wounds

A certified nursing assistant job can be physically demanding at times with some unpleasant responsibilities, but the role also allows CNAs to build strong relationships with patients.

While CNAs can be found in hospitals, the majority of them work in nursing and residential care facilities, where CNAs interact with patients on a regular basis and get to know them personally.
If you’re interested in joining the health care field, becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant, also known as a CNA, nurses’ aid, home health aide. Learn which personal and professional traits you’ll need to succeed as a certified nursing assistant.

  • You are… You should have…
  • Compassionate Strong decision-making skills
  • An excellent listener Excellent attention to detail
  • Supportive Good communication skills
  • Dependable Problem-solving skills
  • Physically fit Good ethical standards
  • Good-natured Ability to maintain interpersonal relationships

 How to Become a CNA

You don’t need a degree to become a CNA, but you will need to earn a certificate and pass a competency exam.  

In our CNA classes, you’ll learn about infection control, taking vital signs and delivering personal care. Topics might also include communication skills and patients’ rights. Upon completing your coursework, you’ll take the CNA certification exam, which usually includes a multiple-choice exam and a manual skills test.

With a strong job outlook and flexible work hours, the CNA role is a great entry point into the healthcare field. Our certification courses is 4 weeks  and 1 week of clinicals at a local Long Term Health Care Facility