The duties of a Certified Nurse Assistant are wide and varied but in the scope of this post we will outline a few of those duties for you. Who best to do this then a nurse herself. Let Lisa Larson explain CNA Nurse Duties:
CNA Nurse Duties
While some people may have a picturesque image of a school nurse sitting in an office at a single school, bandaging scraped knees and offering comfort to a feverish child waiting for his parent to arrive, today’s school nurses have much more on their plate.
Far from serving just one school, the average nurse-to-student ratio in Utah is one nurse for every 4,000 students. In Washington County, there are eight nurses serving approximately 30,000 students. In Iron County, 2 full-time and 2 part-time nurses serve approximately 9,000 students, with nurses in both districts dealing with everything from students with diabetes to paralysis and a host of allergies, in addition to the regular screenings school nurses conduct for vision, scoliosis, head lice and more.
“I didn’t have any idea what this job would entail,” said Lois Dainack, a registered nurse working in the Washington County School District.
After spending many years working as a nurse in hospitals, critical care and hospice, Dainack was looking for something with a little better schedule for her stage in life. She’s now been with the district for eight years and although the job includes “a tremendous amount of paperwork,” she loves what she does.
“We don’t see a lot of death and dying on a daily basis. You see kids that have medical problems that break your heart but I feel like I’m accomplishing something as a nurse,” Dainack said.
LuAnne Forrest, student services director for Washington County School District, oversees the nurses in Washington County and is well aware of the work load they carry.
“A school is really a hub of an entire community, so you’re affecting an entire community in this position,” Forrest said.
In order to handle all the medical needs in the schools, school district nurses train secretaries, teachers, bus drivers and other staff members to handle some of the day-to-day operations, such as administering medications, bandaging scraped knees, performing CPR and in some cases handling major emergencies if the nurse is not able to make it to the scene quickly.
As you can see above this is for a school nurse assistant but the same principles apply for the CNA Nurse Duties. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree. We would love to hear your opinion. Please leave a comment below and let us know.