What is an assistant nurse?

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November 08, 2007 2:02PM

There is no such thing as an assistant nurse. There are CNA's and assistive hospital personel. CNA stands for Certified Nurse Assistant. Though these people are not nurses they do aide nurses a great deal. They have a few months of training and a certificate to do the job that they do. Mostly, they record vitals for the nurse (pulse, blood pressure, temp, ect.), they make beds, give bed baths to patients, change diapers, feed patients, and help move patients. With out these people nurses would have too much work to do, so RN's are respectful of them.