It’s not a state thing, since it isn’t a problem in other area hospitals, but my hospital has a policy that CNAs can NOT do point of care testing, such as finger stick blood sugars and urine dips.
Can you do these where you work, and what other things can you do that might not be expected of a CNA. We are changing the flow in the ER and we will start using a CNA, but as of yet the roll is not well defined and the tasks they are allowed to do are limited.
When I worked in Tennessee we were allowed to draw blood at the hospital I worked at, now that I have moved to Colorado we are allowed to do fingersticks but, not allowed to draw blood.
In Massachusetts, at least the hospital I worked at, CNAs do finger stick glucose testing. However, I have heard that they a re-evaluating this so in the future nurses may need to do it.
I’m not saying I’m color blind at all because it is a requirement to work in my ER to have normal color vision, but it would sure be nice if the techs could dip the urines. It doesn’t take an RN degree to compare the colors on the strip to the colors on the side of the bottle.
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