I often get many question about what level’s nursing there are or what the difference is between a Licensed Vocation Nurses and a Registered Nurse. So I’ve decided to put together a series of blog post’s that explains the various education levels required to meet each certification, license or degree required to get those initials behind your name (in CA Only)!!
This is the second entry in the series of blog posts on the levels of Nursing. This level of Nursing is the first one requiring an education: the Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A).
The Certified Nursing Assistant is a not a formal degree program, but a certificate earned via a training education that contains components such as basic theory, a clinical practicum and final testing for the certificate.
A CNA’s role vary depending on the setting – hospitals, nursing homes, in the home setting and other facilities that offer long-term care – s/he chooses to work in. For example, responsibilities of CNAs working in nursing homes are a bit different than those working in public hospitals, vs those who work in clients homes. A true ‘front line’ nurse wherever they work.
CNA’s are responsible for relaying essential information to nurses in charge (LVN, RN) pertaining to such things as changes in clients’ behavior, needs and/or conditions. In the home setting, they have direct, routine contact with clients as they help them with their daily activities, cooking, cleaning and hygiene needs. In combination with the SHC case management services, it is an affordable care option that comes with significant resources behind it to make staying at home a reality– and that can bring significant peace of mind to our client.
I often get many question about what level’s nursing there are or what the difference is between a Licensed Vocation Nurses and a Registered Nurse. So I’ve decided to put together a series of blog post’s that explains the various education levels required to meet each certification, license or degree required to get those initials behind your name!!
Lets start with the entry level Nursing: the Nursing Companion.
Nursing Companion’s are often ‘the ‘eyes and ears” of professional nurses, alerting them to something that needs to be looked at and possibly assessed. They are the most common type of nurses who do not require any certification or formal education, yet often have life experience that drives them to pursue this line of work. At Senior Home Companions, companions undergo basic training that includes ( but not limited to) body mechanics, First Aid, CPR along with ability to learning how to take vital signs. This, of course, includes a extensive background check system prior to any companion being matched up with any of our clients. Companion care is primarily emotional support and companionship for seniors who are generally healthy and who want to remain independent at home. However, it can also include a range of non-medical services that help make a senior’s life more manageable. In combination with SHC services, it is an affordable service that comes with significant resources to make staying at home a reality!