Certified Nursing Aides are nursing professionals, trained in nursing skills essential for offering everyday nursing cares to patients in hospitals, long-term care units and other health care facilities. In the course of their employment, certified nurse aides are required to execute various types of CNA duties.
It is also necessary to understand that you may work in different types of health care facilities or perform your duties as a private duty CNA, home health aide, school nurse aide and military nurse aide but your job duties may vary depending upon the facility you are employed or on your job position.
The common responsibilities that are to be executed in various types of health care settings include:
• Count, measure and record vital signs, measure liquid intake and output and record height and weight.
• Assist in bathing, feeding, grooming and walking.
• Assist in the Activities of Daily Living
• Use Infection Control Procedures.
• Provide Safety/Emergency cares and CPR
• Meet Spiritual and Cultural Need of the Patient.
• Offer emotional support to elderly patients.
• Provide Mental Health Cares and Restorative cares.
• Data Collection and Reporting.
• Answer Call Lights.
• Clean patient’s room and change bed linen
• Proper use of bed pan and catheter.
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The healthcare industry is a continually booming industry. There are always jobs to be had, especially in the home healthcare field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home health aides are projected to grow by 50% between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than other occupations. The reasoning behind this is the increasing costs of inpatient hospital care. Home health aides are also better for those who simply need help with daily tasks rather than medical care.
If an ever-growing job market isn’t reason enough, the flexible nature of home health aide agencies can be very alluring to some. Many tend to work part-time, weekends, or evenings depending on the needs of their clients. Although home health aides won’t be interacting with other aides, they will still be interacting with a variety of patients. Yes, some patients may not be the most pleasant to be around, but it can be a wonderful way to interact with a wide range of people, not to mention that you can significantly impact someone’s life.
Home health aides do not need to go to medical school, but they must complete special training courses. The courses required vary from state to state. Many are trained on the job by registered nurses, experienced aides, or supervisors. They are taught how to prepare food for those with special diets, basic housekeeping tasks, such as keeping the home safe for the patient, how to respond to emergencies, and basic safety techniques. Home health aides should be compassionate, responsible, cheerful, and emotionally stable. Read the rest of this entry »