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CNA Job Description

OBJECTIVE: Assist nursing personnel in provision of basic care for residents and necessary unit tasks and functions in compliance with policies, and procedures, applicable health care standards and lowa State.

ORGANIZATION: The Certified Nurse's Aide functions as a member of the health care team under the direction of the RN or LPN and reports to the Nursing Supervisor in conformity with Agency and regulatory policy.


1. Candidate must have current and valid lowa Certification for Nursing Assistants.
2. Must be at least 18 years of age.
3. Compassionate, mature, sympathetic and professional at all times.
4. Good organization and communication skills.
5. Ability to read, write, understand and carry out directions.
6. The candidate must successfully complete any/all required pre-employment evaluation test(s) per policy.
7. Candidate will have the physical ability to perform job-related duties, which may require lifting, standing, bending, transferring, stooping, stretching, walking, pushing and pulling.
8. A health examination must be successfully completed prior to assignment to verify that he/she is free from communicable disease and physically capable of performing assigned duties.
9. 1 year of CNA experience in long term care.


Assists patients in the following areas:

1. Personal care functions including:
a. Bathing (bed, tub, shower, or sponge bath)
b. Skin care
c. Toileting (bedpan, urinal, commode and/or toilet)
d. Grooming (shampoo, nailcare & shaving)
e. Oral Hygiene (denture care)
f. Assist with dressing and undressing.
2. Assist with feeding of residents.
3. Measuring and recording intake and output.
4. Weigh residents using upright, chair and bed scale.
5. Assist in turning and positioning of residents.
6. Proper transfer techniques.
7. Demonstrates appropriate knowledge for safe use of medical equipment (cane, crutches, walkers, Hover Lift, side rails, brace, splints, oxygen).
8. Helps keep residents' rooms clean and supplied.
9. Make change and beds (unoccupied and occupied).
10. Transports residents, supplies, and equipment as needed.
11. Assists nurses and other personnel as needed.
12. Ambulate residents who require minimal assistance.
13. Simple, non-sterile dressings.
14. Perform skin assessment and notify RN of any abnormalities in skin integrity.
15. Applies heat or cold compresses as directed by a RN.
16. Answer residents calls and takes appropriate action.
17. Collects and labels specimens (urine, stool, sputum).
18. Measures and records vital signs/weights and reports variations in vital signs to RN.
19. Immediately reports any changes in client's condition or incidents to the Nursing Supervisor.
20. Participates in case conferences with other members of the healthcare team as appropriate.
21. Maintains confidentiality in relation to all clients, healthcare staff and documentation.
22. Meets annual in-service requirements in accordance with Agency policy and state regulations.
23. Maintains and enhances skill through attending appropriate staff development training.
24. Appearance is professional and complies with agency dress code.
25. Maintains a cooperative manner towards client/family and all members of the healthcare team.


I have reviewed my job description and agree to perform all duties mentioned to the best of my ability. I understand my job duties may change as the needd of the department change. I further agree to notify my immediate supervisor, if I am unable to complete any of my job duties in a timely manner.

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