As a nursing assistant, you will be part of a team that includes other health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, and/or physical therapists. In most clinical settings, you will work under the direction of a registered nurse and be responsible for the personal care of residents or patients. Because you will work directly with patients, other staff members will rely on you for observations and reports. Your responsibilities will include skilled routine care such as assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs). When you receive your Certificate of Completion you will be eligible to be tested for competency as a Certified Nurse Assistant by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) Nurse Aid Testing Service for the Illinois Department of Public Health. Once certified, you will be eligible to work in long term care facilities, hospitals and community and public health services.
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