The Role and Responsibilities of a CNA


What does a CNA do every day at work? There are a million and one things, but we’ve highlighted 5 really important ones!

Assisting patients with ADL’s

CNAs are largely responsible for assisting patients with activities of daily living, or ADL’s in medical jargon. This means CNAs help patients bathe, dress, feed, and toilet themselves. It’s not always glamorous, but it’s important!

Take vital signs

CNAs are often responsible for taking and reporting the blood pressure, temperature, and pulse of patients.

Maintain a pleasant environment

Let’s face it: hospitals and nursing homes are not anyone’s idea of paradise. As a CNA, it’s your responsibility to help keep rooms clean and comfortable, which means changing soiled sheets, ensuring things are easy for the patient to reach, and making sure the patient isn’t too cold or warm.

Be a Friend

Patients are people, and people get lonely. As someone who provides direct care to patients, it is your job to provide a listening ear and a comforting voice.

Report Abnormalities

Because CNAs often see the same patients over and over, they are often the first line of defense when it comes to finding and reporting changes in the patient’s condition.

Roles and Responsibilities of a Certified Nursing Assistant CNA



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