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What is a Long-Term Care CNA?

Long-term care CNAs are certified nursing assistants who specialize in providing basic, direct patient care and assistance with activities of daily living in long-term care facilities. They’re often the principal caregivers and develop relationships with patients who reside in these facilities for months or even years. LTC CNAs primarily work with elderly patients but may also care for younger patients with disabilities or severe, chronic health conditions.

LTC CNA jobs can be physically and emotionally demanding, but this career path can be highly rewarding. CNAs positively impact the health and happiness of long-term care residents and gain the trust, admiration, and gratitude of their families as they witness the safe, caring, and home-like environment CNAs help create for their loved ones. As more aging Americans seek long-term care facilities, the demand for competent CNAs continues to rise with employment projected to grow 8% from 2019 to 2029.

What does a long-term care CNA do?

Long-term care CNAs are tasked with lots of duties every workday, but their primary role is to provide basic daily care for residents while preserving their dignity and monitoring them for any changes in their physical and/or mental states. LTC residents have varying levels of care, but some common tasks LTC CNAs are often responsible for completing include:

  • Bathing, grooming, and dressing patients

  • Serving meals and helping patients eat or drink

  • Assisting with toileting and changing soiled linens

  • Emptying bedpans and supplying new ones

  • Turning and repositioning bed-ridden patients

  • Exercising patients with restricted mobility or who are paralyzed or comatose

  • Transferring patients between beds and wheelchairs

  • Supervising and assisting with ambulation

  • Transporting patients in wheelchairs or mobile beds for tests, treatments, or therapy

  • Collecting specimens as ordered for tests and delivering to authorized personnel

  • Reminding patients to take medications

  • Providing companionship and preventing loneliness

  • Measuring and recording vital signs, including temperature and blood pressure

  • Measuring and recording food/liquid intake and urine/fecal output

  • Recording patients’ health concerns/complaints and reporting to RNs

  • Contacting medical providers if there’s a decline in a patient’s health

  • Applying clean dressings, bandages, or slings under RN or physician direction

  • Answering patient call signals to determine patients’ needs

  • Restocking patients’ rooms with personal hygiene items

Where do long-term care CNAs work?

Most LTC CNAs work at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. They may also work in hospitals with on-site long-term care facilities. Long-term care also may be provided at patients’ homes, so LTC CNAs may find employment with home healthcare agencies.

What skills make a good long-term care CNA?

Good long-term care CNAs have an above-average understanding of advanced medical terminology and developmental factors specific to geriatric patients. They’re efficient, reliable healthcare team members who are adept at feeding, toileting, bathing, grooming, dressing, and transferring and/or turning elderly and/or disabled patients. Because their job duties are physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding, good LTC CNAs possess a distinct combination of patience, kindness, physical stamina, and intelligence that allows them to do an excellent job.

Successful LTC CNAs are also detail-oriented and have keen assessment skills and social perceptiveness that allow them to be more attuned to LTC residents’ day-to-day norms and notice subtle changes in their health and/or behavior. They have a highly effective communication style and are active listeners with an empathetic attitude that lets them listen and respond to residents in a caring, compassionate manner.

How to become a Long-Term Care CNA Travel Nurse

To become a long-term care CNA travel nurse, applicants must have at least a high school diploma, complete a state-approved CNA program, and pass the state’s competency exam. While requirements differ by state, nursing assistants often need a state-issued license or certification.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing offers the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program, the largest nursing assistant certification program in the nation. Twenty NCSBN jurisdictions utilize the NNAAP exam to determine competency. A prospective nursing assistant must pass both components of the exam before their name can be added to the state registry. CNAs must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states let CNAs earn additional credentials, such as the Certified Medication Assistant, which allows them to dispense medications. The NCSBN offers the Medication Aide Certification Examination to fulfill this credential. Many facilities also require CNAs to have Basic Life Support certification.

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