Main role is to provide basic care to patients, as well as assist them in daily activities they might have trouble with on their own, such as bathing. Because of the personal nature of the job, a certified nursing assistant job description must include people skills and the ability to be compassionate and enjoy helping others. CNAs also serve as a conduit between patients and nurses and doctors and record and communicate all issues to medical staff.

CNA Education Requirements:
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED)
Valid Nursing License / Nursing Aide Certificate

Job Requirements:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check
  • FBI Fingerprinting Background Check
  • Physician Physical
  • TB Screening
  • Valid Driving License / State Identification Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • First Aid / CPR Certificate
  • Hoyer Lift Experience

Job Skills:

CNAs assist patients with daily activities and while some CNAs have additional responsibilities, such as administering medication, the core functions on the job include:

  • Bathe and dress patients
  • Serve meals and help patients eat
  • Take vital signs
  • Turn or reposition patients who are bedridden
  • Collect information about conditions and treatment plans from caregivers, nurses and doctors
  • Provide and empty bedpans
  • Lift patients into beds, wheelchairs, exam tables, etc.
  • Answer patient calls
  • Examine patients for bruises, blood in urine or other injuries/wounds
  • Clean and sanitize patient areas
  • Change bed sheets and restock rooms with necessary supplies

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