What does a Nursing Assistant do?

A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) can be found working wherever people need care. This is typically in a hospital or other medical institution. CNAs are responsible for providing assistance and medical care to a wide variety of patients. While most of the decisions are made by the doctor, a CNA typically provides a majority of a patients treatments and care during their visit. CNAs report to a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practitioner or other Licensed Vocational Nurse. Most CNAs will go on to finish their nursing degree and become Certified Nurses.

A bachelor's degree is not required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. But a secondary certification is required by all employers. This certification covers primary nursing and caregiving practices. This education can be obtained at community colleges, vocational schools, and technical schools. Working with sick and older adults requires a strong sense of compassion. Candidates should have a genuine interest in helping others.

  • Bath and dress patients
  • Serve meals and assist with feeding
  • Take and record vital signs
  • Ensure bedridden patients are regularly turned
  • Distribute and change bedpans
  • Assist patients with mobility
  • Respond to patients summonsing
  • Check patients for worsening conditions or further injury
  • Some medical education a plus
  • Secondary Certification
  • 2 years experience in a caregiving role
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Can follow directions exactingly
  • Capable of moving and standing for 12hr shifts
  • Ability to regularly lift 75+ lbs
  • Willingness to work nights weekends and holidays
  • Ability to pass a background check
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Nursing Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,658 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £22K
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Nursing Assistant Career Path

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Medustrial Healthcare Staffing Service
Caregiver, CNA
10 Mar 2021

“One of the best things is you can make your own schedule and the companies we work with are great!”

Wentworth-Douglass HospitalWentworth-Douglass Hospital
Licensed Nursing Assistant LNA
18 Aug 2021

“Love working here and this place is just the best honestly pay is decent and work experience is fast paced”

Heritage Operations GroupHeritage Operations Group
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
4 Dec 2020

“When I first started working there everything was great and everyone worked as a family.”

United Methodist Retirement CommunitiesUnited Methodist Retirement Communities
Certified Nurse Aide
30 Sep 2020

“UMRC's beautiful facility that's been remodeled recently (and was undergoing renovations before I left).”

Bayside Home Care
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
15 Dec 2020

“Pay is not great for the amount of work and stress with this type of job.”

Care InitiativesCare Initiatives
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
29 Jan 2021

“Clean facility to work at and majority of the time there is not much understaffing.”

Griswold Home CareGriswold Home Care
Caregiver, CNA
11 May 2020

“It truly is a good place to work and I would recommend working for them.”

Accountable Healthcare StaffingAccountable Healthcare Staffing
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
21 Sep 2021

“Great pay and there was always someone I could get in touch with in case I came across any problems.”

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