C.N.A. Job Description

Certified Nursing Aides (C.N.A.'s) have completed classroom and field training programs which are regulated by each state's department of health.  After graduating from a nursing aide or assistant school, they must pass the state's certification exam to be hired as a certified nursing aide.

Senior home care agencies hire both companion caregivers and certified nursing assistants.  Sometimes care assignments require the skills of a nursing assistant but do not require the certification to be active.  Other times, the certification must be valid and long-term care insurance companies may require a copy of the certificate in order to pay for the claim.

While companion caregivers can assist seniors with memory loss or with housekeeping, errands, meal preparation and scheduling of appointments, a caregiver with nursing training is required to assist senior's who require more hands-on care with their activities of daily living (ADL's).

Certified Nursing Aide Job Description

  • Monitor daily health:  temperature, respiration, blood pressure
  • Assist with bathing
  • Assist with transfers
  • Assist with bathroom visits (catheter care)
  • Assist with meals (feeding tubes, liquids, purees)
  • Assist with exercises
  • Document care and daily activities
Many more skills are taught in nursing aide training programs.  You can take a sample nursing aide test or a practice test to learn more and find C.N.A. training programs in your area.

Caregivers with certification will enjoy ongoing employment as the senior population is projected to double in the next 50 years.

Comments (3) -

  • Fernando Gramajo

    11/17/2009 2:15:15 AM | Reply

    Thanks for all this info, in really very important! I am an HHA

  • Lisa Elrod

    11/17/2009 5:31:07 AM | Reply

    I am very dedicated caregiver with compassion and understanding. I strive hard to do well at whatever I do.

  • SilverCensus.com

    11/22/2009 2:35:46 PM | Reply

    Certified Nursing Aides are critical in the daily operations to assisted living and home care agencies across the country.  When looking for a qualified caregiver it is always important to consider the following:

    Is the CNA an employee of the health care organization or a 1099 Subcontractor?  Home care employees tend to be more responsible to the assigned job as they have to report to their employer outcomes and more then likely work for medical benefits.  Subcontractors tend to have limited liability as they only get compensated by the job.  Caregivers interviewing home care providers should ask the employment status of the potential caregiver entering their home.  Keep in mind if you are working with a subcontractor for  let say only 4 hours a day and another opportunity comes along such as a 10 hour day assignment loyalty may be thin!


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