CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is the next step on the nursing ladder. They primarily work in residential homes, elderly care facilities and hospitals. Unlike the HHA’s they are not restricted to in-home care and can take care of a number of patients at a time.
The CNA handles a number of primary care duties including personal hygiene, catheter maintenance; answering call lights, and acting as a liaison to the Upper Level nurses.
The education requirements for becoming a CNA are a high school degree, vocational training from a local college or secondary school and number of hours of classroom and clinical training (roughly 400).