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Certified Nurse Assistant

What Is a Certified Nursing Assistant?

A Certified Nursing Assistant, or CNA, is a person who assists patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Also known as a Nursing Assistant (NA) a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or a State Tested Nurse Aid (STNA), the individual who carries this title also carries a high level of experience and ability; however, issues of liability and legality prevent the CNA from performing certain procedures.

Your title as a nursing assistant will vary depending upon where you work or live. In addition to the number of titles, nursing assistants can 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, the nursing assistant serves as the RN’s or LPN’s eyes and ears.

 

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