Nurse Nae has been kind enough to video portions of her day as a CNA in the Mother/Baby Unit of her hospital. She goes quite in-depth with the in-and-outs of her work and we appreciate your efforts Nurse Nae!
Here is what you might expect as a new CNA working in the same type of environment as Nurse Nae.
As a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) working in the mother/baby unit of a hospital, you will likely be responsible for providing basic nursing care to postpartum mothers and their newborns. Some of your typical responsibilities may include:
- Assisting new mothers with breastfeeding, including positioning, latching, and troubleshooting common problems.
- Providing routine newborn care, such as taking vital signs, monitoring feeding and elimination, and checking for signs of jaundice or other medical issues.
- Assisting with bathing and diapering newborns.
- Assisting with postpartum recovery, including helping with toileting and ambulation.
- Monitoring and reporting changes in a mother’s or baby’s condition to the nursing staff.
- Providing emotional support to new mothers and their families.
- Maintaining a clean and safe environment for mothers and babies.
It’s important to note that working in a mother/baby unit can be emotionally demanding, as you will be working with new mothers and newborns who may be experiencing a range of emotions and physical challenges. However, it can also be incredibly rewarding to be a part of such an important and joyous time in people’s lives.