The award of CNA Certification lists you with the state Nurse Aide Registry and allows you to work in various types of health care facilities. You are also permitted to work as a Private Duty CNA, Home Health Aide and Travel Nurse Aide.
Different types of health settings also require performance of varied CNA duties that are relevant to that facility. Though, your CNA Training Program may have trained you in various types of nursing care skills but, you must remember that CNA Job Description of one health care facility may vary from another health care setting. For example, the job description of a certified nurse assistant, working in a Hospital varies with the types of duties performed by Home Health Care Aide or Mental Health Care Aide.
It is also essential to note that same facility may have different departments for the treatment of the patients, suffering from varied ailments. In a hospital, you can find the Emergency Care Department, Mental Health Care Unit, Trauma Unit, OPD, Surgical Department, Psychiatric ward, Intensive Care Center, Cardiology Department, Neonatal center, Pharmacy and others. Different departments and centers also require performance of separate duties and responsibilities.
The below given job descriptions of the Mental Health Care Aide and Private Duty CNA can make you understand the differences between the duties of nurse aides employed in different types of health care settings.
Mental Health Care Aide
The job description of Mental Health Aide is related to dealing with people, who are suffering from mood disorders, suicidal tendencies, behavioral disturbances, anxiety and trauma conditions, substance use, and other mental illness symptoms or mental health problems.
In a Mental Health Center, a nurse aide works under the direct supervision of a mental health practitioner Registered Nurse. The job description of a working CNA includes, maintaining privacy and confidentiality of the patient, respecting patient’s right and independence, provide emotional support to the patients, collect and document the patient data, and perform other responsibilities.
It is also essential that certified nurse assistant must have excellent Communication and Interpersonal skills because, the cares offered to the mentally disorder patients require close collaboration with emergency department, and the working nurse assistant must effectively manage communications with the Emergency Department. The communication skill also helps while interacting with the Registered Nurse for reporting everyday condition of the patient.
Private Duty CNA
The job Description of Private Duty CNA shows offering cares to patients in their homes. These patients may be recovering from long illness or are suffering from some disabilities. Nurse Aides have to assist patients in bathing, grooming and feeding, administer glucose, water and injections, count and measure vital signs, measure liquid intake and output.
In addition, the nurse aide must also assist in the movements of the patient through walking and by the wheel chair, clean rooms and change bed linen, empty bed pans, perform some cooking and house keeping for the patient, and carry other responsibilities as required by the patient.
Therefore, you must be fully qualified and efficient in performing various types of duties required by different health care settings. In addition your job description also describes that you must execute all your respon