CNA stands for certified nurse aide or certified nursing assistant. You may hear other names like PCT,PCA, Tech, nurse tech, caregiver, and many other names. They are essential healthcare workers on the healthcare team. They spend the most time with the patient or resident, and make the biggest impact or difference in the lives of those they take care of.
So what exactly do they do?
If you take your state approved nursing aide program then your scope of practice or what you are legally allowed to do coming out of your CNA class is activities of daily living, first aid, CPR, and some basic restorative care like positioning and range of motion (ROM). Activities of daily living are things similar to what you do every day like eat, drink, go to the bathroom, shower, or bathe, and things along those lines. You also life the spirits of residents, and listen to their thoughts and concerns. You have to remember to treat the whole person and not just do tasks and skills. Both are equally important.
Is there anything I can’t do?
YES. YES. and YES. I said before the things you were legally allowed to do. That means if you do something that is outside of that scope of practice you will be held liable and could end up hurting someone, and of course getting in trouble.
insert or remove any tubes (tubes are iv’s, catheters,drawing blood, NG/OG tubes, etc)
change or do sterile dressings
This means that no matter who tells you to do these things doctor, nurse or boss do not do it, you could get in legal trouble. Now keep in mind I am saying do not do these things if you are a CNA, the only time you can possible do these things are if you get an extra certification in doing those additional skills. If your employer allows you to take a class on how to do iv’s and then you have a iv certificate, then you would be in a better to perform these skills because you are now trained and certified in this additional skill.
Do not do anything you weren’t trained or certified to do. You could hurt the person and get in legal trouble. If you are ever confused or want clarification refer to your states CNA board, refer to your company’s policy and procedure manual. Always cover your self so that you won’t loose your certification and get fined.
To learn more about being a CNA visit Legacy School of Healthcare.
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