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Comparison Why would anyone be in the healthcare field First there are different types of positions available Second this is a very rewarding career for those who enjoy caring for others Although most people think there are a lot of differences between certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses they share the same type of work working conditions and job outlook The nature of the work is very similar for the CNA and LPN A CNA work includes performing routine tasks under the supervision of nursing staff They answer call bells deliver messages serve meals make beds and help patients eat dress and bathe Aides also provide skin care to patients take pulse temperature respiration and blood pressure and help patients get in and out of bed and walk They also escort patients to operating rooms exam rooms keep patient rooms neat set up equipment or store and move supplies Aides observe patients physical mental and emotional condition and report any change to the RN Likewise the LPN provides basic bedside care They take vital signs such as temperature blood pressure restorations and pulse They also treat bedsores prepare and give injections and enemas apply dressings apply ice packs and insert catheters LPNs observe patients and report adverse reactions to medications or treatments to the RN or the doctor They help patients with bathing dressing and personal hygiene and care for their emotional needs Likewise the working conditions are related CNAs work a 40 hour week but because patients need care 24 hours a day some aides work evenings nights weekends and holidays Aides spend many hours standing and walking and often face heavy workloads Because they may have to move patients in and out of bed or help them stand or walk they must guard against back injury Aides may also face hazards from minor infections and major diseases such as AIDS and
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