Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a key role in many facilities by providing personal care and keeping their supervising nurses up to date on vital information about their patients’ conditions. A CNA is an entry-level member of a patient’s healthcare team, performing important patient- centered tasks under the supervision of licensed nursing staff. Although a CNA is not a nurse, they work very closely with nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
CNAs ensure the well-being of their patients by performing a variety of tasks that help with daily living activities. Because CNAs typically spend more time with patients than nurses or doctors, they understand their behaviors and health statuses.
They get to know each patient, their typical behaviors, and their general state of health and are often the first to notice physical or emotional changes. Whether identifying decreased mobility, increased pain, or memory issues, CNAs play important roles in the early detection of symptoms and may identify issues that other healthcare personnel do not.