7 Tools to Make CNA Work Easier (and Safer)

Melissa Mills
May 20, 2022
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Have you ever had a flat tire only to find that you didn’t have a spare or a jack? Not having the tools you need will slow you down and keep you from getting to your destination. 

While you won’t need a jack or spare tire to be a CNA, you will need tools. Here are seven tools you’ll want to have handy. 


CNAs use stethoscopes while taking blood pressure readings. You’ll need a quality one that fits well into your ears, so you don’t miss a beat! 

Gait Belt 

Almost half of all residents living in nursing homes fall each year. Gait belts keep the resident and you safe during falls. Be sure your gait belt is in good working condition and has your name on it so it won’t be misplaced. 


Working eight or more hours a shift can leave your body tired and sore. Wearing supportive, non-skid, closed-toe shoes help keep your feet, legs, and back healthy. Try a pair of compression socks for an added layer of comfort too!

Surgical Scissors  

You never know when you’ll need a pair of scissors quickly. So buy a pair of surgical scissors that are sharp and small enough to fit into the pocket of your scrubs. Be sure to label them so other people know they belong to you. 


CNAs are busy, so keeping track of time is a must! You’ll need a quality watch with a second hand or timer to take pulse or respirations. It’s good to get a band that can be wiped with alcohol or another antibacterial cleaner to reduce the risk of germs. 


Clipboards come in handy when keeping notes, vital signs, and other information organized and at your fingertips. Use a foldable clipboard or a blank sheet of paper to keep confidential information covered. 

Adaptive Aids 

It might be tempting to cut corners and not use adaptive equipment like lifts or shower chairs. However, these shortcuts can leave you and your residents with serious injuries. Instead, always use the required adaptive equipment according to your employer’s policies and the resident's care plan. 

Get Work Ready

Being work-ready all the time is easy. Keep these seven tools handy any time you’re working, and you’ll be ready for anything!

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