Completing CNA training will qualify you to undertake certain tasks in medical and long-term care but it is important to know the extent and limitations of these duties. During your CNA training your trainers and tutors will equip you with the necessary skills to complete these tasks in a safe and efficient manner.
As part of your CNA training you will be required to undertake a certain number of hours of placement on a ward or in a residential facility. Then after your CNA training you will be required to undertake certain duties on a consistent and regular or daily basis regardless of the work environment you end up in.
Daily Tasks After CNA Training
Here is a list of some of the more common CNA tasks:
- Taking observational notes for patients. Noting any progress, additional symptoms and recording any relevant details. It is important to record any communication between yourself and your patients and residents for accountability and safety reasons.
- Escalating any problems or issues to the nurse in charge of the shift. After CNA training and especially during your placement you have very limited responsibilities and the supervising nurse will be able to take the patient’s treatment further.
- Attending to patient and resident personal grooming and hygiene; haircuts, nail clipping, bathing and other daily personal tasks that the patient or resident may not be able to undertake themselves.
- Using the steps learned in CNA training, toileting incontinent or incapacitated patient’s and residents
- Emptying catheter bags.
- Monitoring and recording vital signs such as pulse, temperature, breathing rates and blood pressure. Patient notes and records are vitally important diagnostic tools. Doctors and nurses will be relying on you to keep accurate records in order to reach a proper diagnosis.
- Ensuring that dietary and fluid requirements are met including any vitamins or supplements.
- Feeding patients who are incapable of self-feeding. Taking the time to ensure that patients and residents are eating and drinking properly is one of the most important and effective ways you can ensure their welfare and monitor appetite changes which could be an indicator of illness or improvement.
- Making beds and straightening rooms and resident spaces, maintaining a clean and tidy environment for the residents and patients. For occupational health and safety reasons these spaces need to be free of trip hazards, slippery surfaces and other dangers.
- Helping residents to access therapy and rehabilitation areas and activities. There may be art therapy, physical therapy, music therapy and psychological therapy in long term residential housing that can be hugely beneficial for the ongoing care of residents.
- Preventing bedsores by regularly turning bed ridden patients. Ensuring the comfort of the bedridden and incapacitated is one of the most underestimated tasks you will perform for your residents but is crucial in maintaining their health and safety.
A comprehensive knowledge of your duties and limitations will serve you well after your CNA training and in your future career. A compassionate approach to the care and support of your residents and patients is a sturdy foundation on which to build your future in the health industry.