The Life of a Certified Nurse Assistance (CNA)
I have been a CNA (Certified Nurse Assistance) for 7months now, and so far I enjoy it. Now each and every day it’s not going to be a wonderful great day. There’s going to be times when you’re going to just want to walk out and say “forget this, or I don’t got time for this mess”, but you’re going to just have to get over it, there elderly people and half of them don’t got it all, so just take a deep breath or walk away and come back when a resident has said something to you that you didn’t like. What is a CNA?
Well a Certified nursing assistant play a key role as members of the comprehensive healthcare team in a variety of medical settings. CNAs are employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, community care facilities and as home health aides in patient’s homes. Regardless of where you work, many of your responsibilities will be the same; however, some duties may differ depending on the type of facility or location of employment. The daily duties of a CNA depend on his/her work setting.
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A CNA is in charge of getting the residents in and out of bed, toileting them, shower, bed bath, taking them to their appointments and activities, assist them with walking when they want to go for walks. Reporting any health issues to the supervising nurse. Emptying catheter bags. Setting up meal trays, and documenting food / fluid intake. Making beds. Keeping the residents space clean and tidy. Turning bed ridden residents to prevent bedsores. Each day of working as a CNA you get use to the routines. There are three different shifts; 7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm and 11pm-7am. I work the 3pm-11pm shift.
Each shift consist of many different things to do with the residents. On my shift, once you go in before you get on the floor and start working with the residents, you have to get report from the nurses or supervisors which are called the LPN nurses and the RNs to see if there has been any changes in your residents, if they may have went out to the hospital, out for appointments, passed away, on bed rest, may have gotten a new resident or any behavior changes. Then once you have gotten your report you can now get on the floor, once you’re on the floor the first thing first is to make sure all your residents are insight.
Then you start passing out your lien for later on when you get them ready for bed. Then you go and take your resident’s that has to go or that smell like that went to the bathroom, to them and clean them up before dinner. If there’s residents that are in bed and that needs or want to get up to get them up out of bed and get them ready. Then when four-thirty comes around you start taking your residents to the dining room and setting up room trays if you have any, pass out meal tickets, napkins and silverware.
Then once dinner start, you feed or help the people that needs help. Once dinner is over, you put the people to bed that likes to go to after and put the others in bed when there or take residents to activities if they choose to go. Once your done putting everyone one in bed the first time around, about an hour before its time to clock out, you have to do rounds on your residents, meaning; change them if there wet, make sure there bed alarms are turned on if they have one and the residents are in lowest lock position if needed.
Then once that’s done you have to fill out your sign out sheet on all the residents you had, after that you hand your paper in to your nurse so they can record the work. And that’s the daily dose of a being a CNA. I feel that if you are thinking about going into nursing (rather it be LPN or RN) that doing CNA will give you experience that will be a benefit to you in Nursing school.
I have had people tell me that I am crazy and shouldn’t do CNA first because it would change my outlook on becoming a nurse. Well, that may be so but I’m not going to let that stop me. Nursing is all that I have ever wanted to do and I feel by being a CNA is just only the beginning. I love the patients, the hands on care, and the knowledge that when I go home at night I feel like I helped make a difference in the residents life even if it was just for a few minutes of their day.