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In order to apply as a CNA, you must have the following skills, qualifications, and requirements:

  • Must have a current Washington State NAC or NAR License
  • If NAR, must successfully complete Washington State NAC test within the first 120 days of employment
  • Competent in written and spoken English
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, residents, and visitors
  • Must be able to function independently in the unit
  • Must be willing to accept various unit assignments or shift schedules
  • Attend all in-services as directed
  • Reliably punctual
  • Tactful, pleasant and courteous
  • A neat, professional appearance

As a CNA, these are your expected duties:

  • At beginning of the shift, report to the unit manager for report and assignment
  • Provide general resident care, which includes bathing, shaving, personal hygiene, oral care, nail care, skin care, hair care, and dressing
  • Take and record vital signs and intake/output levels
  • Collect specimens such as urine, stool, and sputum
  • Assist with after-death care
  • Assist residents with eating meals
  • Ensure resident receives proper nourishment and fresh water
  • Ensure appropriate placement of resident, whether in bed or in a wheelchair
  • Ensure resident stays clean and dry
  • Ensure resident is ready for scheduled appointments or therapy sessions
  • May occasionally be required to escort resident to outside appointment
  • Assist resident with performing tasks at his/her highest physical functional level
  • Notify nurse of any significant change noted in the resident’s behavior or functional level
  • Keep resident’s room clean, neat and orderly; including making beds, watering flowers, discarding any garbage not already picked up by housekeeping
  • At the end of the shift, provide a report and complete required documentation

CNAs receive $16 to $18 per hour.