A Certified Nurse Assistant or CNA job puts you on the front lines of patient care. Nursing assistants are vital to daily operations in hospitals, nursing care facilities, home health care and more. Your compassion and skill in patient care will help minimize the stress of those who are sick or unable to care for themselves.
Certified Nurse Assistants, sometimes called nurses’ aides, CNA’s, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to help patients with daily living tasks.
Working closely with patients, you are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. A certified nursing assistant gives patients important social and emotional support and also provides vital information on patient conditions to nurses.You will be able to work at Hospitals, nursing care facilities, community care facilities for the elderly
As a CNA, you’ll rarely have two days that are completely alike. Your responsibilities will depend on the time of your shift and the type of facility you work in. For example, if you work a night shift in a hospital, you’ll get an update from the day shift RN when you arrive at work. You’ll take vital signs and ensure patients have what they need for the night. Your nights won’t necessarily be quiet, however. You’ll answer call lights, empty catheters, help patients who may be going in for surgery and provide general support to patients who are upset or uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, the role of CNA during a day shift will include preparing patients for the day ahead; washing, dressing and feeding breakfast will be some of the first tasks of the morning. As a CNA, you’ll need to be organized and efficient since you’ll often be managing multiple patients at once. For instance, as breakfast is going on, you may be called to change bed sheets.
CNAs not only offer support to their patients, but they help RNs as well. You’ll maintain charts and provide reports to the incoming shift. Nurses may also ask you to round up certain medical supplies, admit new patients or prepare a room.
CNAs perform many of the same tasks in a nursing home, but there are a few differences. In a hospital, patients will have meals brought to them whereas nursing home patients may need assistance to the dining room. You’ll answer call lights throughout the day or night and help patients get comfortable in their room or move about the facility. Depending on the nursing home, you may be assigned to a certain hall or area.
Once you have completed the education and testing requirements to be certified, you must be added to the Michigan Nurse Aide Registry. This shows that you are permitted to work as a CNA for 2 years before recertification in the state of Michigan.Michigan’s annual median wage for CAN’s $28,520, which is higher than the median wage for CNAs in 2016 throughout the United States. The hourly rate for a CNA can range from $13.50 to $20.00.