The exam and certification that you receive at the end of your CNA training enables you to perform certain care tasks and patient support. But what exactly can you expect to be doing on a daily basis?
Responsibilities After CNA Training
Here is a list of some of the common job responsibilities:
- Collecting and recording patient data – During your CNA training you will be taught not only the importance of keeping detailed patient records but you will also be taught how to take the vital signs of your patients so you can collect and record this information yourself.
- Assisting with bathroom and continence issues – Many of your patients will be either temporarily or permanently experiencing issues with their bladder and bowls and need assistance with daily toilet routines, its part of your job as a CNA to assist those in your care to carry out daily bathing duties.
- Helping with daily duties, such as getting dressed and showering. These can be difficult or impossible for those that are incapacitated. It’s amazing how the little dignities such as shaving, showering and dressing yourself can be made so inherently difficult so quickly by surgical procedures and dramatic accidents. During your CNA training you will learn that this is the most helpful and comforting part of your patient’s care. These limitations can be the most frustrating part of a patient’s stay in hospital, so your patience and assistance can often make their stay much less torturous.
- Monitoring daily intake of food and water in case of restricted diets or ensure that enough food is being ingested by others. There are a great many different circumstances that may lead to the monitoring of patients diet. People who have just or are amount to undergo a surgical procedure are the best examples. Your CNA training will help you to identify warning signs of a patient going against their specific dietary requirements.
- Assisting with maintaining rehabilitation exercise and routines and helping physically limited customers with mobility issues. Not only are you able to encourage your patients to follow their physio recommends rehabilitation exercises but you can also give them practical or hands on assistant if they are struggling. You CNA training should cover what sort of treatments and ailments might require rehabilitation programs.
- Compassionate duties such as emotional support and understanding the additional human needs of the patient. This is one of the most important areas of CNA training but is also the one easiest to forget in the hustle and bustle of a busy clinic or hospital. The little personal touches are among the things that make your patient’s stay in hospital or their treatment at your clinic much more bearable.
- Monitoring health and well being of patients then escalating any alarming changes directly to an appropriate medical professional. Your CNA training coupled with the ward or clinic’s own set of guidelines will help to instruct you about what constitutes an alarming change in condition and who you need to report any such information to.