This certificate prepares nursing assistants who provide basic care for patients in hospitals, long-term care centers and in-home health care. The certified nursing assistant is responsible for making basic observations about patients that may involve all body systems and the patient responses to treatment. Documentation and verbal reporting to the nurse are important aspects of the CNA's work. Thus, good communication skills are a vital part of the CNA course curriculum. The CNA works under the direction and supervision of the nurse, therefore they must be able to receive orders, accept suggestions and follow through with assignments. Compassion, honesty, caring and trustworthiness are all required to work in healthcare.
All students enrolling in NURS 110 must submit a criminal background check (CBC) in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulations. The CBC paperwork will be completed under the direction of the instructor. A positive CBC will prevent the student from participating in the clinical component of the course, unless an IDPH waiver has been granted