After completing CNA training you will need to look for employment. A common question is where do CNAs work? Where can they find jobs that will fulfill their lives and allow them to use their training? The generic answer is hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and hospices. Below is some information about the requirements and job functions of CNAs in these different facilities.
A hospital is an institution offering health care, specialized treatment, and short term care. In a hospital setting CNAs work with a wide range of patients from children to the elderly. Their duties can change based on the medical condition of the patient and what care they might require. For instance CNAs in the emergency room often take patient vitals and settle the patient to wait for the RN and doctor. On other floors CNAs may check in on patients, record vitals, and obtain medical documentation that will help the doctor do his/ her job. CNAs tend to ask the patient what occurred, their reason for being admitted, and then do simple procedures like drawing blood.
Clinics are another area where CNAs work as an aide to gather information and prepare it for the RN and doctor to help progress the level of care to a solution. Often the CNA is the first person to see and welcome the patient inside the office.
Home Care, Assisted Living, SNFs, Long Term Care
Some patients especially the elderly require longer term care in special facilities. Nursing homes, home care, assisted living facilities, SNFs, and long term care facilities use CNAs to help with daily duties. These often include bathing the patient, changing their bedding, washing out bedpans, using needles like setting up a needle for an IV, taking vitals, and blood draws (if needed). CNAs are meant to keep the patient comfortable, help them in any way possible, and be very friendly.
Hospice CNAs have one of the toughest jobs because many of these patients are terminal. In this type of facility the CNA is worried more about patient comfort and contentment. For instance, in a hospice CNAs may have to shift the patient to help avoid bedsores, bath them, and help them move around if they are ambulatory or at least able to get out of bed.
There are several choices for the facilities CNAs can be employed at in order to work and be a part of the healthcare system.