Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Job responsibilities vary based on where you work and live. CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings; nursing homes, hospitals, adult day care centers, personal homes and assisted living facilities all require nursing assistants to act as a helpful liaison between the RN or LPN and the patient. In many cases, CNAs serve as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears, and relays information between many patients and nurses.
Nursing assistants fulfill basic quality-of-life needs for patients of any age in residential nursing care facilities. Since nursing assistants have daily contact with patients, they are gatherers of vital information about the patients’ conditions, which they must then transmit to their supervisors. A CNA’s workload can become intense and fast-paced, but the human contact and ability to help those in medical need is a strong motivating factor. A desire to help people and compassion for patients can help a nurse’s assistant get through difficult days.
The Certified Nursing Assistant Program prepares students to pass the state CNA written and skills examination. The course includes theory, skills lab and clinical time in a skilled nursing facility.CNA Exam - After completion of the program you must apply for certification testing with the Utah Nursing Assistant Registry.
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CNAs often work in a wide variety of settings:
- nursing homes
- adult day care centers
- personal homes
- assisted living facilities
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