CNA Skills Check List
If you want to work as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), there is a set of skills that you should be fluent with and a list of duties that you will be assigned to carry out. A CNA is required to be confident in two types of patient care skill sets that are needed throughout the day and specific for patient care. CNA Skills are categorized as direct and indirect care procedures.
CNA Skills Checklist Further Explained
Main tasks that revolve around a patient belong to direct care skills while they are considered as the most important tasks that a CNA is hired to do. Each skill in this category should be taken seriously and memorized so that eventually you perform the task without hesitation. Your basic instincts should work tactfully and your response should come naturally when a patient is in need. Some of the skills might not sound important to you but is required to maintain proper standards of a CNA.
Direct care skills include taking proper body temperature measurements such as oral temperature, rectal temperature, tympanic membrane temperature as well as apical and radial pulse measurement. You will have to be thorough in all techniques since direct patient care cannot be predicted beforehand. Other skills that belong to this category include washing hands after each and every procedure, cleaning, feeding, checking blood pressure, respiratory measurements, oral care /dentures, nail care, how to dress a patient, fractional bed baths, how to make an occupied bed, the art of moving a patient to the side of the bed and back, assisting the patient to sit on the side of the bed and transfer them to a wheelchair, how to transfer patients from the bed to a lift or different holding area, how to apply restraints, positions such as Lateral, Fowler’s, Supine, Prone and Sim’s, assisting in how to use the bedpan, how to apply restraints when necessary, catheter care, how to perform Ostomy care, collection of urine and stool specimens, how to carry out the Heimlich maneuver as well as various isolation techniques and uses of masks, gloves and all things disposable.
The processes that you carry out before direct care procedures are known as indirect care procedures. This category consists of washing your hands before as well as after every direct care procedure, communicate with the patient well and greeting them as humbly as possible, make sure that you offer each and every patient the privacy that they require, ensure that all procedures are thoroughly explained to the patient, know all your standard precautionary measures during medical procedures, taking care of the patient’s comfort levels and also reporting condition changes of each and every patient to the registered nurse in charge of the shift. As a CNA you have to make sure that you restock the patient’s bedroom supplies and follow rules with regard to the overall hygiene levels of the immediate surroundings.