What Are Popular Jobs for a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?

Certified nursing assistants administer direct care to patients in a variety of settings. The requirements to work as a CNA vary by state, but they usually need to complete a certificate program offered by a community college or technical school. The following article explains some popular jobs for certified nursing assistants. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Career Overview

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) work under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors. Certified nursing assistants sometimes have more direct contact with patients than other medical staff and may know more about the patients' daily statuses. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov) reports an employment of over 1.4 million CNAs across the country as of May 2014. CNAs can work in a variety of roles, including the ones listed below:

  • Hospital Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Psychiatric Certified Nursing Assistants

Job Outlook (2012-2022) 21% (for nursing assistants)
Median Salary (2014) $25,100 (for nursing assistants)
Key Skills Communication skills, physical stamina, compassion, patience
Work Environment Hospitals, residential care facilities, home health care services

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic

Hospitals

According to the BLS, most certified nursing assistants work in hospitals or clinics, where they work directly with a variety of patients. CNAs spend most of their time helping patients feed themselves, dress themselves, or complete other daily activities. They often take patients' vital signs such as pulse, blood pressure, and rate of respiration. CNAs regularly check on patients to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible, reporting any problems to registered nurses or medical doctors.

Homes

Another popular CNA job option, as reported by the BLS, is working in home health care services. These certified nursing assistants visit patients in their homes to administer care. They carry out instructions provided by doctors and nurses, including measuring and recording vital signs, assisting with daily living activities, and helping the patients complete any required physical therapy. The patients visited by CNAs are often elderly, disabled, or have been recently released from a hospital.

Psychiatric Facilities

Certified nursing assistants who work in psychiatric hospitals have many of the same job duties as other CNAs, but sometimes have additional responsibilities. They work with mentally or emotionally impaired patients and are often responsible for socializing with them and taking them on supervised community outings. These CNAs work under the supervision of psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists.

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