The day shift is one of the most widely-available jobs for CNAs because of the greater need for staff during daytime hours. It’s an extremely important time for residents and patients because it is when most of their activity occurs, and therefore, when they’ll need the most support and supervision. Here’s what you can expect from the day shift.
Job Duties on Day Shift
Wake Up Residents – Daily Hygiene
The shift begins early in the morning, generally between 6 and 7 AM. CNAs are expected to be on time because there are many things that need to be done to help residents prepare for the day ahead. In a skilled nursing facility, CNAs are needed for giving the gentle reminders and encouragement residents need to wake up. Physical support may be needed to rise from bed. Nursing assistants will help the resident change from sleepwear into clothing, practice morning hygiene such as brushing teeth and washing the face, and then to clean up the room for the rest of the day. Besides waking up, residents may also need help with bathing. Some nursing homes schedule their residents’ shower days, but others allow them to choose. Throughout the day, the patients may need help to use the bathroom, especially before and after meal times.
A unique part of the day shift is that the CNAs will assist their residents through two meals, breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served early so that residents can begin their daily activities and lunch is served around noon.
Some nursing homes serve residents in a common area, such as a dining room or cafeteria. Depending on the mobility of the resident, the nurse aide may be required to help them to their place in the dining room and serve their food, which will have been prepared by the kitchen. Other residents may be bed-bound and must be served in their rooms. The CNA must deliver meals to these types of residents and monitor their intake to make sure there are no problems with eating.
Facilitate Daily Schedules
Another important aspect of the day shift is that it’s the busiest time of the day for residents. Doctor’s appointments, recreational activities, family visitations, physical therapy and most other types of events occur during the day shift. The nursing assistant must be aware of the residents’ schedule each day in order to help the individual and the nursing staff to stay organized.
Besides this, nursing assistants also facilitate the recreational activities of residents. Most nursing homes have activity staff to plan the activities, but CNAs are still needed to help residents enjoy them. Whether it is playing bingo, listening to music on the stereo, completing word puzzles, or enjoying a social event, it is important that the residents are supervised throughout the day. The day shift is the most active, but ends early in the afternoon between 2 and 3 PM.