Nov 282012

Responsibilities and Duties of CNAs

Among the tasks required of a CNA is to facilitate the daily activities of residents of nursing homes.

After becoming aware of the important qualities and attributes required for a professional CNA, it is essential to look into the specific tasks that all CNAs will have to deal with in the course of their profession. Some of the tasks that are normally handled by CNAs in different healthcare locations are as follows:


  • Regulation of Infection – Standard procedures should be followed by all members of a health care team in order to regulate the spread of microorganisms in a medical facility. A CNA professional should be aware of the current practices in reducing the spread of microorganisms that cause diseases through continued education programs. Infection can also be regulated by the proper disposal of dirty items such as linen and frequent hand-washing.
  • Personal Cleanliness – This task involves the washing and bathing of patients including assisting them in showering whenever necessary. Helping patients in their grooming like nail-trimming and hair brushing are essential components in the proper hygiene of the patients. It may also be necessary to assist patients when they get dressed for the day.
  • Giving Treatments – CNA professionals work with a number of medical devices that include bedpans, pneumatic compression equipment, bladder scanners, and anti-embolism stockings, among others. They may also facilitate the treatment of the patient like massaging them.
  • Nutritional Needs – One of the responsibilities of CNAs is to provide sufficient nutrition for the patients. Although a number of patients can eat by themselves, some may need assistance during mealtimes. It may also be necessary for the CNA to be record the food that they eat along with the quantity to maintain the proper nutrition of the patient.
  • Reports – Since a CNA is in direct daily contact with the patient, they are considered important members of the healthcare team of the patient. Due to this, the observations of the CNA are important in the healthcare plan of the patient. The CNA should maintain a record of the health status of the patient, including the intake, output, and vital signs in addition to other similar relevant observations. These observations should be communicated to the CNAs of the other shifts, the Charge Nurses, and the Registered Nurse staff members.
  • Emotional Support – CNAs should not only focus on the physical care of the patients since these patients also require emotional support. The daily routine of the CNA indicates that they have a significant amount of interaction with the patients. The CNAs have a better idea of the anxieties, apprehensions, and moods of the patients. This makes CNAs good liaisons between the medical staff and the patients themselves when it comes to the needs of the patients. Moreover, when CNAs pay attention to and advise the patients, they may alleviate some of the anxieties and daily concerns of the patients.

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