Certified Nursing Assistant Classes

There have been many job losses throughout this downward spiraling economy, and many of these jobs may be gone forever. Some of the jobs have totally vanished and will never be seen again. Those looking to the future and wondering where the need will be for skilled workers can look to the medical profession. Statistically those in the medical profession will be in demand in the future and are now in demand. If someone is looking for some form of job security they can look to the medical field.

You may consider becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant and work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, long term care facility or anywhere else you may be needed and be a vital part of the patient’s healthcare program. The Certified Nursing Assistant works directly under the supervision of a registered nurse and is a part of the patient’s medical team. The eyes and ears of the CNA must always be alert to the patient and the patient’s behavior pattern and you must know what to do in an emergency.

In some instances the CNA works in the home of the patient but is always under the supervision of a registered nurse. Some of the CNA duties consist of: taking vital signs, helping the patient do the necessary things, such as eat, wash, dress, etc. that the patients cannot do themselves, although the CNA is not required to do any heavy cleaning of the patient’s environment, they do need to keep the patient’s area clean, and more.

CNA Certification
In order to be a CAN you have to be trained and certified. Fundamental Hygiene is the first thing that you are required to learn and that is as follows:

·Brushing and flossing a  patient’s teeth;
·Helping the patient shower, shampoo and comb or brush their hair;
·Assisting male patient’s in shaving;
·See the patient to the bathroom or giving them a bed pan;
·Empty urinary bags;
· Provide care to patients with catheters and must be trained to be able to insert a catheter; and they
·Collect urine and stool samples and provide enemas.

This list shows only some of the fundamental hygiene procedures that the CNA is required to perform. Training also includes:

·Taking the patient’s vital signs and recording them;
·They learn to dress and undress a patient; and
·They learn to properly move a patient from bed to chair. This training includes the use of mechanical lifts.

Training to be a Certified Nursing Assistant makes you an important part of the medical professions and helps you build job security.