The importance of a nursing assistant for the elderly june 30 dressing and helping elderly patients with daily activities they routinely do behind the scenes work that often goes unnoticed as well such as preparing meals sterilizing equipment issuing medical supplies and manning the intercom a servants heart in home care . A certified nursing assistant helps both the patient and his or her family cope with the daily stressors of living by providing medical attention and care that may otherwise be unfeasible cnas help elderly patients transition into roles of dependence and often provide critical support to family members of dying patients. A certified nursing assistant or cna helps patients or clients with healthcare needs under the supervision of a registered nurse rn or a licensed practical nurse lpn a cna may also be known as a nursing assistant na a patient care assistant pca or a state tested nurse assistant stna. Nursing assistants behavior toward the institutionalized elderly despite the numerous studies identifying variables that influence attitudes of health care professionals ie physicians nurses social workers and others who are educated in some aspect of health care delivery toward the aged there is a scarcity of empirical data identifying . The foundation to your successful interaction with the elderly and chronically ill patient relies on your ability to effectively observe and respond to their emotional needs do your best to answer the patients needs and if you need help dont hesitate to ask assistance from the nursing staff
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