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Old 09-20-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

Which one has the most training and is best suited for a diabetic and heart patient?

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Re: certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

This is an excellent question. Anyone?

Old 10-15-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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Re: certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

i'm not sure i understand the question, but PA's and CNA's have completely different jobs. CNA's do personal care--bathing, positioning, assisting in daily activities like feeding, toileting, etc. they are trained to get basic non-invasive information like vital signs and checking blood sugars. a physician's assistant is just that--s/he works closely with the physician, making rounds with or in place of the physician, consulting with other doctors, prescribing treatments and meds, etc.

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Re: certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

A nurses aide is not a medical practitioner. They work in hospitals with nurses. They help with direct patient care. They take vital signs, change linens, answer call lights and help feed patients. Physician Assistant's are licensed to practice medicine. They are qualified to care for patients in most settings (depending on experience).

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Re: certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

I am a certified nursing assistant. and although we pick up a lot of medical knowledge we do not have the same training as a physicians assistant. we are trained to give pt care and recognise syptoms in patients
cna are trained in cpr and yes i have performed cpr on a pt. I also done private duty with both heart and diabetics.

Old 12-17-2009, 09:35 PM   #6
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The PA would have the more formal education however it all depends on the nursing experience of both. The PA certainly would of learned about the diabetic patient/heart patient in their studies and a CNA is simply hired off the street and trained either in a few week course with a test how to do personal care for the patient but if that CNA is older and has worked with diabetics or heart patients I would take the CNA over a new PA that didn't have the experience. But then it depends on why you are asking. If you are looking to hire someone or you want to be one or the other? law the CNA can't do as much as a PA. Everyone that works in the medical field specializes in something because that is how one is hired or happens to end up working in that area.

Old 12-18-2009, 06:10 PM   #7
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Re: certified nurse assistant vs. physicians assistant

There seems to be some confusion regarding PA's and CNA's. To clarify....You would not be able to choose a CNA over a PA because CNA's are not health care practitioners. They provide bedside care to patients under the direction of a licensed nurse. They provide much needed help to nurses caring for sick patients. PA's are licensed to practice medicine. They diagnose and treat patients. They prescribe medications, perform yearly physical exams, and educate patients. PA's usually hold advanced degrees. MD's , PA's and NP's all provide excellent health care.

Old 12-21-2009, 07:55 AM   #8
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It is illegal for a CNA to practice medicine or nursing. A CNA is only authorized to practice a limited range of nursing skills when he/she has been properly trained and delegated under a specific nurse's license. This situation is the case in Assisted Living and Boarding Home arrangements.

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