There are a lot of things that a Certified Nursing Assistant performs based on her job description. It is her task to assist or help patients in doing their activity of daily living especially if the patient is unable to do it himself or alone. For one, she needs to help them bathe, groom and fed themselves. Assisting and accompanying patient whenever they need to go to the laboratory for some test is another important activity to do. Turning comatose patients and executing passive or active range of motion exercises to residents are usually routine assignments for these professionals to prevent bed sores and promote blood circulation.
In addition, CNA’s should maintain and keep the room of the patient clean by changing the bed linens. Vital signs of the patient are not only monitored but are mandated to be documented. Certified Nursing Assistants are individuals responsible for assisting patient on about almost everything. However, there is what we call basic skills that every Nurse Aide should learn and apply on her daily work. This is what really made up their job.
The six basic skills performed by a Certified Nursing Assistant are:
- Awareness and Observation
Since they are the constant presence during a patient’s stay in the hospital and the direct link of the nurse, they need to be constantly aware of any deterioration or changes in a patient’s status. They need to carefully observe and report whatever they notice to the nurse especially if it requires immediate action.
- Critical Thinking
This requires knowledge and proper observation enough to do sound decision. Nurse Aide is required to think accurately and in a timely manner since life is always at stake.
They are always at the bed side of the patient; therefore, they need to have good communication skills in order to communicate effectively with patients and their family. They also need to communicate as well with the other member of the health team.
- Following Protocol
They also need to learn how to follow protocol, directions or guidelines that are established by the hospital since it is done to protect the patient and their employees as well.
As what was mentioned, Nurse Aide are dealing greatly with lives therefore everything should be done in a timely manner such as turning patient every two hours to avoid or prevent the formation of bed sores.
- Body Mechanics
This is a skill which every Nurse Aide should learn since they are the first line who will assist the patient, therefore, knowing how to properly position the patient is a requisite and it is also a way to prevent injuries to themselves.
No matter what was included in the job description, these six skills would always accompany a CNA’s task although not stated or listed. After all, these are really what this job calls and ask for.