According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2020) there are over 1.3 million Certified Nursing Assistants in the U.S. These professionals are found throughout the healthcare industry in facilities like: Skilled Nursing, Home Health, Hospitals, and Retirement Communities.
If you are thinking of becoming a CNA and have asked yourself “what does a certified nursing assistant do?” or if you are currently a CNA who is looking to change roles – read on!
Let’s start with the basics: an Adult Rehab CNA is someone who assists the therapy team of the facility in educating patients and their families on safe practices in day-to-day care. A Certified Nursing Assistant is also vital in helping with daily care like eating, dressing, self-care, or safe transfers if the patient is immobile.
Here’s what one expert CNA in Adult Rehab has to say about why she loves her job:
The journey of becoming a CNA was incredibly personal for Britta. As a middle-schooler, she spent her weekends volunteering at a local nursing home, then applied that experience as an in-home caregiver for her grandmother after high school.
Eventually, her grandmother’s needs progressed and Britta knew she had to learn more. After becoming a state-certified nursing assistant, both women were together at the same nursing home—one working, one a resident. Seeing her grandmother each day and helping other adults was and continues to be hugely rewarding.
Since working as a staff CNA in a nursing facility and embracing adventure as a travel CNA, Britta has found her place in a perm position in Adult Rehabilitation.
A typical day in an Adult Rehab setting (day-shift) starts early. By 7:00 am the care team is already meeting in a morning huddle with nurses giving quick updates on each patient:
Each CNA position has the good and rewarding elements, but also those that are less desirable. For Britta, “a lot of the cons will be overruled by the pros”.
The role of an Adult Rehab CNA may not be for everyone. It requires balancing hard work, new challenges, unexpected patient personalities with the ongoing joy of making lives better for those that you care for.
Unsure of what her future holds, Britta knows that right now she is content in her role as an Adult Rehab CNA. Getting to pop into patient rooms to chat when their family can’t visit, playing music to energize the mood, and generally doing what she can to brighten her patients’ days is what fills her emotional and professional cup!
About the Author
Britta Roux has been a New York Certified Nurses Aide for 5 year, but a travel CNA for the past 2 years. She has a background in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Translational Care, Telemedicine, and as a Med Surg Aide. When she is not in the field, Britta enjoys spending time with her husband and family or vacationing in tropical climates.