As a registered nurse, you depend on upon for the smoother running of any hospital or clinic you work in, and you will be the person which many patients talk to with a greater degree of comfort. There are a few primary duties though of a certified nursing assistant which you can expect to do daily. Although they may seem menial, they are incredibly important for the patients and the smooth running of the whole hospital or clinic.
Daily Patient Needs
As a Certified Nurse, you will be on the front line for everything your patients need. This will include doing everything from taking vitals every day to report to their doctor to doing things like feeding, bathing, dressing and simply talking to them. This level of closeness not only lets you give on the ground feedback to other doctors and nurses but also strengthens a bond of trust which many patients need to feel secure and happy in their surroundings.
Cleaning up after your patient may not be pleasant (especially the bedpan part until you get used to it), but it will help your patient help both of you cement the great feelings of being treated with dignity and care. It is expressly necessary in the case of terminally ill patients who may be angry, depressed or scared and need someone there round the clock to make them feel better.
Working as a registered nurse will also put you into contact with quite a bit of equipment, such as heart pressure monitors and other heavy equipment, as well as necessary tools. You may be asked to set up the tools the doctor will need before seeing a patient or to move equipment from one place to another. This is important because it shortens the time between patients and allows a doctor to see more patients a day or to spend more time with each one if needed. Particular states will even allow you to do basic things like draw blood and check heart beat with a stethoscope but that depends on the region where you live and work.
And of course, you will be reporting to a doctor or registered nurse about your patients, especially things which the patient may not have been willing to tell them. This can be difficult to do; on the one hand, your patient trusts you to keep any secrets, but on the contrary, if those secrets are dangerous to the patient, you should feel obligated to help them. However, you are on call to report not only physical changes but also emotional ones, especially in long-term patients so that the doctor knows what to expect in all the different spheres, not just physically.
Certified nurse occupies a very important place in any health care facility; you will be on the forward line of anything to do with your patients and be responsible for helping to keep things smooth. Be prepared for these before deciding to become a nurse as they are important, but tough roles.