What does a Certified Nursing Assistant CNA 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
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Certified Nursing Assistant CNA Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,057 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $36K
$50K
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Certified Nursing Assistant CNA Career Path

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Read what Certified Nursing Assistant CNA professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
HarrodsHarrods
N/A
Dec 31, 2020

“Working at Harrods means I get to work with really great content and the store is really beautiful”

Medustrial Healthcare Staffing ServiceMedustrial Healthcare Staffing Service
Caregiver, CNA
Mar 10, 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
Aug 18, 2021

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

Stellar Development FoundationStellar Development Foundation
N/A
Jan 17, 2020

“Some of the people working at Stellar are great; they're talented and enjoyable to collaborate with.”

Waltham Forest College
N/A
Dec 9, 2019

“The job itself is fun and you get to interact with loads of people and build relationships.”

Heritage Operations GroupHeritage Operations Group
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
Dec 4, 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
Sep 30, 2020

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

Eden Senior CareEden Senior Care
Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
Nov 3, 2021

“Edanbrook Lakeside is a very welcoming place to work I really love the people and residents I work with .”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a certified nursing assistant cna

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The most common qualifications to become a certified nursing assistant cna include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.