Certified Nurse Aides 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 Aides work in:
Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.
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 Aides must be certified and registered on the Connecticut nurse aide registry.
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06134