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CNA/GNA Curriculum Overview

  • Role & responsibilities of a CNA/GNA - Developing qualities of care & compassion & modeling outstanding patient care skills

  • Understanding working in direct patient care - Topics range from anatomy & physiology and health terminology to infection control to legal & ethical issues

  • Nursing theory & clinical skills practice for certification

  • Patient assessment: Learning how to read and monitor patients' vital signs, including blood pressure, dementia care, height & weight, pulse, respiration & temperature & specimen collection

  • Personal care: Helping patients who are not able to attend to their daily personal needs and providing hair, skin, and dental care

  • Patient mobility: Re-positioning patients in their beds; helping patients transfer to wheelchairs; and, walking with patients for exercise

  • Creating a comfortable environment for the patient: Ensuring that cleanliness is maintained in the patient's room, bed linens are changed, and soiled clothing, linens, and towels are laundered

  • Personal interaction: Providing emotional support for patients that respects their cultural, personal, and religious identities and is appropriate to the patient's level of understanding

  • Caroline Center has a fully equipped Skills Lab with bed stations, medical equipment, and anatomical manikins where trainees can practice their clinical skills in small groups

  • CNA candidates participate in week-long clinical internships under the supervision of a registered nurse preceptor in area hospitals, assisted living communities and long-term care centers

  • Upon successful completion of the program, graduates register with the Maryland Board of Nursing and they are eligible to take the geriatric nursing assistant (GNA) exam with the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program through the American Red Cross

Caroline Center CNA Program

Caroline Center CNA Training