A Certified Nursing Assistant, commonly referred to as a CNA, provides basic care services to patients in hospitals of nursing homes. Many healthcare tasks are performed by CNAs including the following:
Each individual state regulates the education and certification of CNAs. CNAs are required to take mandatory education as well as complete a CNA certification exam. The education consists of training on the basic principles of nursing and care of the elderly. CNAs also typically take clinicals (under supervision) to acquire specific skills that are necessary to do their job. Community colleges, trade schools, hospitals, and nursing homes may offer CNA classes.
A CNA applicant must successfuly pass an exam after they complete their education. There are two separate tests on the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam: Clinical Skills Test and the Written (Knowledge) Test.