Certified Nursing Assistants

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs): Making a Difference in Telehealth

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) play a vital role in healthcare, providing essential care and support to patients in various settings. Telehealth, the delivery of healthcare services remotely using technology, is rapidly transforming the healthcare landscape, and CNAs have the potential to significantly contribute to this advancement. Here’s a detailed breakdown

Who is a CNA?

A CNA is a healthcare professional who provides basic care to patients under the supervision of licensed nurses or physicians. They perform tasks like:

  • Assisting with dressing, bathing, and grooming
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Recording patient information
  • Communicating patient concerns to nurses

CNA Training for Telehealth:

While traditional CNA training focuses on in-person care, specific telehealth training is crucial for safe and effective practice. This training might include:

  • Technology skills: Using video conferencing platforms, electronic health records (EHRs), and other telehealth tools.
  • Telehealth protocols: Understanding telehealth workflows, patient assessments, and data security measures.
  • Legal and ethical considerations: Adhering to telehealth regulations and patient privacy standards.

Legal Collaboration for CNAs in Telehealth:

CNAs cannot practice telehealth independently. They must collaborate with licensed physicians or organizations with established telehealth programs. This ensures:

  • Supervision: Physicians provide guidance and oversee patient care.
  • Legality: Programs comply with regulations and licensing requirements.

CNA Services:


  • Collecting vital signs
  • Monitoring patients remotely
  • Educating patients on self-care practices
  • Providing emotional support

With Supervision:

  • Assisting with wound care
  • Administering medications (in some states)
  • Performing specific assessments under guidance

Financial Benefits of Telehealth for CNAs:

OpenTelemed empowers CNAs to participate in telehealth, offering potential financial benefits:

  • Increased earning potential: Telehealth expands service reach and potentially increases patient volume.
  • Flexible work schedules: Telehealth enables location-independent work, offering flexibility and convenience.

Why Choose OpenTelemed?

OpenTelemed supports CNAs by:

  • Legal and financial guidance: Helping navigate regulations and establish financially viable practices.
  • Skill enhancement programs: Providing training and resources to advance skills and knowledge.
  • Accreditation: Offering CDC and HHS-approved training for professional growth.
  • Telehealth practice setup: Assisting with setting up and managing a telehealth practice.

Empowering CNA Passion:

OpenTelemed recognizes the valuable contribution of CNAs and strives to:

  • Motivate: By offering opportunities for professional development and career growth.
  • Revolutionize healthcare: Empowering CNAs to participate in the telehealth revolution.
  • Collaborate: Working with state and national healthcare authorities to advance telehealth accessibility.

By embracing telehealth with the right guidance and support, CNAs can expand their reach, enhance their careers, and play a vital role in shaping the future of healthcare.