The Certified Nurse Aide at Northeast Texas Community College is course series designed to prepare students to take the state certification test with NACES. The 2 courses prepare students for certification as entry level nursing assistants providing a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities. The course consists of both didactic and clinical experience at a local Nursing facility. Certified Nurse Aides handle the day-to-day care of a patient in a hospital, assisted-living and long term care facility.
A certified nursing assistant's top priority is to support the physical and emotional daily-care needs of a patient. CNA's work under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. While much of the work-bathing, dressing, feeding, and recording vital signs aren't as glamorous as some other positions, CNA's often have the most patient contact; therefore, it is the position that often makes the greatest impact. Home health aides have a particularly important role in patients' lives, as they provide care for elderly, disabled, or convalescent persons in their own homes.