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Certified Nursing Assistant

BASIC FUNCTION:           

Under the direction and supervision of the unit charge nurse, and shift supervisor, provides the basic nursing care to residents.




1.Resident Care Function:

            a. Perform routine nursing care which includes bathing, dressing, undressing, personal hygiene, shaving, and keeping residents clean and                   dry.

            b.Assist residents with mobility, including transferring residents in/out of bed, wheelchairs, lift, etc.

            c. Assist in admission, discharge, transfer, and death procedures.

            d. Assist in supplying daily nourishment and fluids to residents (mealtime, snacks, fluids, etc.).  Document intake and output when                              indicated. 

            e. Take resident vital signs, including temperature, pulse and respiratory rate, and blood pressure.  Obtain resident weights.

            f. Assist in pressure ulcer prevention by proper positioning, use of pressure relieving devices, and preventative skin care.  

            g. Collect specimens (urine, stool, sputum) as directed.

            h. Assist in keeping the resident environment clean and neat, including making the resident’s bed, appropriate handling of hygiene items,              and cleaning dressers, night stands and closets. 

            i. Answer resident call bells promptly.

            j. Plan and organize care so that resident can attend activities and therapies as


            k. Make regular rounds to all residents and provide care as necessary.

            l. Participate in the resident plan of care conference when indicated.

            m. Report incidents/accidents promptly to charge nurse and/or shift supervisor.

             n. Remain on nursing unit, providing care until relieved by oncoming CNA; may be

             required to work after scheduled shift until relieved.

             o. Be available to assist facility in times of staffing shortages.

             p. Participates in Preventative Nursing Program after resident is discharged from

             Restorative Nursing Program.                                                                       


2. Communication Function:     

            a. Record all pertinent data on the Nursing Assistant Daily Care Record and Daily Assignment Sheet. Complete other nursing care forms                   as required.

            b. Report changes in the resident’s condition, resident request for medications, resident complaints/concerns, and the resident’s response              to care interventions to the charge nurse.

            c.  Maintain good intra-personal relationships with resident, family, visitors, and other personnel.

            d. Be polite and available to state survey team during surveys.

            e. Participate as an active team member in abuse prevention and reporting.


3. Environmental/Safety Function:

            a. Assist in keeping the resident environment clean and neat, including making the resident’s bed, appropriate handling of hygiene items, and cleaning dressers, night stands and closets. 

            b. Keep resident rooms and bathrooms free of safety hazards.

            c.  Report broken or malfunctioning equipment to the charge nurse and remove same from use.

            d. Keep hallways and emergency exits free of clutter.

            e. Use good body mechanics in the provision of resident care.

            f.  Keep clean and soiled utility rooms, linen closet, and storage areas clean and free of clutter.


4. Personal Development Function:

            a. Attend and participate in facility inservice programs (12 hours/year minimum).

            b. Maintain confidentiality of resident, personnel, and facility information.





1.Other related duties as requested. 





1.  Must be on the Pennsylvania Registry as a nursing assistant; or a graduate of an approved Nursing Assistant Training Program, or be eligible to  enter such a program, graduate, and pass a state approved competency evaluation within  one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of employment.                       


2. Must participate in at least twelve (12) hours of inservice education each year to include but

not exclusive to mandatory inservices.



Job Description

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)                                                                 




1. Must be able to move intermittently throughout the workday (sitting, standing, bending, walking, and lifting).

2.  Must be able to see and hear, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function  adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be met.

3. Must be in good general health and demonstrate emotional stability to cope with the mental  and emotional stress of the position.

4.  Lifting restrictions of no more than fifty (50) pounds.






Works in a well-lighted and ventilated area(s) throughout the facility.

Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours.

Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and at times hostile people within the facility.

Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the work day.

Is willing to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays when assigned.

May be exposed to infectious waste diseases, conditions, etc., including exposure to the    Hepatitis B virus.

Must be flexible with work assignments in order to meet residents’ needs daily.

May be subject to frequent interruptions.

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