Difference Between STNA and CNA

Sometimes getting the acronyms of this industry seem like alphabet soup – but let us help you straighten it all out! Today, let’s check out the difference between a CNA and an STNA. And don’t worry – it’s actually super easy.

Let’s start with CNA. CNA stands for Certified Nursing Assistant, and their role is typically providing non-medical, direct patient care. They work under supervising RNs, LPNs, and doctors by taking and recording vital signs, monitoring general health and reporting changes, and assisting the patient with daily living activities (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.). CNAs work in home care, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.

Moving on to the STNA, which stands for State Tested Nursing Assistant. Those with an STNA job have almost identical duties as a CNA job – they work under RNs, they take vitals, they assist with daily living activities, etc. And typically, STNAs also work in home care, assisted living, nursing homes, and hospitals.

So, HERE’S THE DIFFERENCE. STNAs exist in Ohio! They’ve just decided to use a different name for the role of a nurse aide. However, they have the same kind of training and job duties as CNAs.