Position Overview

Certified nursing assistants or CNAs are healthcare professionals who provide direct and indirect patient care at different healthcare settings such as hospitals, clients’ homes and healthcare centers. The position of a CNA is crucial in the sense that they are expected to perform a pivotal role between registered nurses and patients.

CNAs are required to assess patients’ condition and to assist in ensuring their safety and well-being. They also assist patients with managing daily tasks such as personal hygiene, grooming, bathing and dressing. Additionally, they provide medicine administering services when directed by a healthcare professional.

Certified Nursing Assistants who work in private capacities, such as, at patients’ homes, need to provide them with a different set of services in addition to the regular tasks. This may include accompanying patients to appointments and recreation activities, performing shopping and preparing meals for them. They also perform light household tasks such as dusting and laundry. They need to develop good rapport with their patients and at times provide them with emotional support. They talk them through difficult and physically painful times and provide support to families as well.

Following is a comprehensive list of job description, duties and responsibilities that are part of a CNA job. Candidates may use these statements to build the experience section of their CNA Resume.


Job Description for CNA Resume


• Check and record vital signs, blood pressure and temperature

• Measure patient’s height and weight and maintain its records

• Collect body fluids for testing purpose

• Observe patient’s responses, reactions and changes to medications

• Assist residents and/or clients with bedpans and urinals

• Assist patients with managing nutritional needs by checking food trays, feeding and monitoring food intake

• Help patients with personal hygiene and bathing, providing them with nail, hair and skin care and assist them with dressing and undressing

• Assist registered nurses and doctors in assessing patients’ conditions and providing correlating information for care plan preparation

• Collect data regarding patients’ diseases, conditions and treatment plans and ensure that this information is appropriately incorporated into their charts

• Examine patients to determine additional issues or spiked / hiked vitals and inform nurse managers of any findings

• Monitor patients on a constant basis and ensure that any inconsistencies or changes in behavior or conditions are immediately communicated to the presiding doctor or nurse

• Set up medical equipment and tools to assist doctors and nurses in examining patients

• Respond to calls for assistance from distressed patients and ensure that they are calmed down by following established protocols

• Educate patients and their families to help them come to terms with their conditions, and understand examination, treatments and surgical procedures

• Turn and reposition bedridden patients in a bid to keep them comfortable and ward away the effects of stationary positions

• Change bedsheets and covers on a regular basis and ensure that soiled or dirty ones are sent to the laundry for washing and sanitization

• Transport patients between doctors’ offices and examination rooms, ensuring their physical and emotional wellbeing

• Administer medication, change bandages and adjust oxygen levels to ensure constant patient comfort

• Assist patients and families by teaching them assisted living techniques, including how to use canes and walkers, and using special utensils to eat and drink

• Provide assistance to physical therapists by helping position patients and guiding them through appropriate positions

• Ascertain that the environment is safe and secure for patients, by ensuring that no hazardous materials or situations transpire

• Perform housekeeping activities by ensuring that patients’ rooms are kept clean and sanitized at all times

• Perform basic maintenance of medical equipment

• Record patients information in manual and computerized logs

• Transport patients between procedure rooms and appointments

• Assist clients with household services such as cleaning, errands running and grocery shopping

• Answer patient calls and respond to emergencies

• Administer enema, douches and dressings as directed

• Turn and position patients as required