Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) and Patient Care Technicians (PCT's) are the primary care givers of patients in hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes. They are with patients throughout the days helping with any request the patient may have in dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, hygiene, walking and eating. CNA's and PCT's have more contact with the patient then any of the other healthcare providers in a facility. Your job is vitally important to the ongoing health of the patient. It is the CNA and PCT that knows from day to day, hour to hour what their patients are doing, how they are feeling and if there is any change in their physical, mental or emotional state. Any changes in a patient should be reported to the charge nurse and that is a vital part of your job.
Our purpose is to provide a basic level of both knowledge and demonstrate for individuals who provide nursing or nursing-related services to residents in a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or nursing facility (NF) and who are not licensed health professionals or volunteers who provide services without monetary compensation. We are to provide education emphasizing on human care, being respectful of the dignity and integrity of the resident while assisting with activities of daily living.