Career as a CNA

What does a CNA do?

A CNA helps residents with their healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). CNAs are typically responsible for daily resident care along with following specialized care plans under the direction of a registered nurse or doctor.

  • CNAs take a resident’s vital signs and follow medical procedures under the direction of an RN, for positioning, transferring ice packs, heat treatments, etc. CNAs are also responsible for assisting residents with feeding, cleaning, toileting and bathing.
  • CNAs must respect resident privacy and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). CNAs should be familiar with medical privacy laws that govern a residents’ rights.
  • CNAs must enjoy working with people, have conversations with residents, and stay calm during stressful situations. Residents at a nursing care facility may have substantial disabilities, impaired mobility, memory loss, or other difficulties that make it hard for them to care for themselves. CNAs are responsible for their residents’ overall well-being.
  • As a CNA, you’ll work directly with the residents and nurses. Being able to understand and observe each resident’s situation, and communicate their changes and needs accurately to a nurse, is essential. A CNA should be able to follow both oral and written instructions about resident’s needs.