A certified nursing assistant, CNA, is an individual with strong work ethics who helps patients with their health care needs with the supervision of a registered nurse. The roles of these individuals vary from nursing homes, hospitals, adult care centers or personal homes. These people act as the intermediaries between the patients and nurses by relaying information between the two parties. The key roles for these individuals mainly revolve around giving care to the patients and offering assistance with their day to day activities and handling the patients concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the job, the nurses undergo thorough training which is offered in preparedness to the tasks the individuals undertake in handling the patients’ needs.
CNA training mainly covers certain areas of interest such as communication skills, how to assist the patients in their daily activities, how to assist patients towards meeting their nutrition needs, the common health problems, the basic life support, the safe patient health care delivery, mobility skills and body mechanisms. The training also involves laboratory practices where the students practice the vital signs, assisting the patients in moving around and also practicing the safe hygiene skills for the patients.
In order for a person to undertake the CNA training, one does not necessarily need a university degree. A person has to earn a certificate and pass the competency tests. However, this varies from country to country. Throughout the CNA training, a student learns more about infection controls, taking personal care and learning the vital signs and patients’ rights as well.
CNA training can be conducted both online and in classes. This however depends on the flexibility of the students working hours and thus students are encouraged when making applications to enroll in this course, they should check if the course is accredited by a recognized agency. The CNA training lasts between four to sixteen weeks depending on the institution the student is undertaking the course. After training and receiving certification, the students are required to work for a given period of time at the health care facilities they undertook the course.
CNA training helps students deliver the all the care a patient needs. The theories and in-class lessons helps students understand and learn more on handling patients. After successfully completing the in-class work, students begin the clinical work that allows them to work directly with patients in the selected health care facility. This is under the guidance of a licensed nurse. The training also is important since it assists students to transition from students to employees.