Typical day is a long 12 hour shift starting at 7am working with acute- critical care patients in a hospital setting. Measuring and charting vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure if needed. Measuring and recording weight. Assisting with ambulation and range of motion exercises. Assisting with routine bowel and bladder care. Keeping track of fluid intake and output. Providing personal care and assistance, including bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding. Observing and reporting any changes in health or mental status immediately. Keeping patients comfortable, assessing and reporting any signs of pain. Providing emotional support to patients and their families. Assisting with transfers and ambulation to and from bed, the bathroom and other locations. Using safety devices and infection control precautions to prevent injury and the spread of germs. Initiating life saving measures, such as CPR, if needed. Evacuating residents in an emergency, according to fire and evacuation policies. Feeding patients who cannot feed themselves. Documenting food and fluid intake. Escorting discharged patients to their vehicle. Delivering supplies, specimens and blood. Setting up new admission rooms and tearing down discharge rooms.
The CNA's, RN's, RT's, And PT's all work together as a team. Which is really helpful when the work load is heavy.