PAL CNA Program

What is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)?


A CNA is someone who performs assigned nursing tasks in facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospice units, and doctor’s offices.  Examples of nursing tasks that you will be asked to perform include daily care of patients such as helping them eat, dress, and bath.  You will also be responsible for getting their blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and reporting pain levels to the nurse.  CNAs are not allowed to give medications, remove or insert any tubes, give tube feedings, or change sterile dressings.


What are qualities that a CNA must have?


CNAs must exhibit professional behavior in the workplace at all times.  Professional behavior encompasses how you dress, speak, and interact with patients and members of the healthcare team.  Other qualities you must possess include patience, understanding, honesty and trustworthiness, and being unprejudiced and empathetic toward people who are in your care.


Will I be able to find a job as a CNA?


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) reported approximately 1.5 million individuals were employed as CNAs, and this number is anticipated to grow by 21% through 2022.  This anticipated growth means there will be more CNA jobs in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities than ever before.