What is a CNA?

A Certified Nursing Aide is a member of the health care team. Always working under the direction of a nurse (RN or LPN) the CNA provides hands on nursing care to patients, residents, clients and customers in a variety of health care settings. CNA’s typically provide assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, toileting and oral care to people who cannot do these tasks alone. Also, the CNA is often the person who gets the vital signs, weights and height measurements.


CNA’s are found at:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Staffing Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Hospices
  • Doctor Offices/Practice Groups
  • Day Care Centers and Schools
  • Medical Clinics
  • Urgent Care Centers

Licensed practical nurses (referred to as LPNs) provide standard healthcare. They work under the direction of signed up nurses and doctors.


Licensed practical nurses normally do the following:

  • Screen patients’ health– for example, by inspecting their blood pressure.
  • Carry out basic nursing care, including changing plasters and inserting catheters.
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or gown.
  • Discuss wellness care with patients and listen to their concerns.
  • Report patients’ status to signed up doctors and nurses.
  • Keep records on patients’ wellness.