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Understanding what a CNA does on a daily basis, the rhythm of a typical CNA shift, is essential when considering caregiving as a new career. For Certified Nursing Assistants, the daily routine can differ drastically depending on shift, so it’s doubly important to understand how your CNA duties might change depending on the hours you’re working and the environment in which you’re providing care.
CNAs typically work either 8 or 12 hour shifts. How those shifts split up the day will depend on the long-term care community or agency you work for. You may work weekdays or weekends, and you’ll sometimes work on holidays. Some CNA duties happen at the beginning and end of shift no matter which shift you’re working. Other duties, like assisting with lunch, might only apply to you if you’re working a shift that covers the noon hour.
If you’ve been asking yourself, “But what does a CNA do?!” you’ll find your answer here. The timeline of a typical CNA shift below has examples of the types of CNA duties you might encounter throughout the day.
That’s the best part about a CNA career. Every day you’ll be collaborating with a larger care team of nurses, physical and occupational therapists, physicians, and facility administrative staff. And, of course, you’ll spend most of your time with the wise, funny, interesting folks you’re caring for. Many NextStep CNAs say the relationships they form are the most rewarding part of being a Certified Nursing Assistant.
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