Certified Nurse Assistants play a vital role in health care delivery by providing routine patient care. Working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), they respond to patient’s needs, and check blood pressure, temperature, pulse and breathing. CNAs also assist patients while helping them change position, walk, bathe and eat. They generally have a great deal of patient contact and are important members of the health care team who help to develop patient relationships that foster trust.
Certified Nurse Assistants work in:
According to the BLS, overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 192,800 openings for nursing assistants and orderlies are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Training is available at many regional vocational technical schools (RVTS) and community colleges. It may be offered by employers and usually consists of at least 100 hours of lectures, demonstrations, and supervised clinical practice.
In Connecticut, Nurse Assistants must be certified and registered on the Connecticut nurse aide registry. Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.
Connecticut Department of Public Health