STNA classes are available to employers as a customized training option only. Classes are not currently offered to the general public.
State Tested Nursing Assistants perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. They answer patients' call bells, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and help patients eat, dress, toilet and bathe. STNA's also may provide skin care to patients; take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure; and help patients get in and out of bed and walk. They also may escort patients to operating and examining rooms, keep patients' rooms neat, set up equipment, store and move supplies, or assist with some procedures. STNA's observe patients' physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or medical staff.
STNA's employed in nursing homes often are the principal caregivers, having far more contact with residents than other members of the staff. STNA’s have the opportunity to develop ongoing relationships and interact with patients in a positive and caring way.