CNA Job Description

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides basic care to patients who are unable to care for themselves. CNAs often work with patients in a nursing home, hospice, or long-term care setting.

CNAs generally:

  • Clean and bathe patients
  • Help patients use the toilet and get dressed
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Depending on an individual CNA’s training level and the state where they work, some CNAs may also distribute medication.

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