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Your job is to Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
Common job titles of Nursing Assistants include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
59.94% said they needed a High School Diploma.
24.54% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
Prepare or serve food trays.
Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
Communicate with patients to ascertain feelings or need for assistance or social and emotional support.
Feed patients or assist patients to eat or drink.
Supply, collect, or empty bedpans.
Transport specimens, laboratory items, or pharmacy items, ensuring proper documentation and delivery to authorized personnel.
Change bed linens or make beds.
Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
Undress, wash, and dress patients who are unable to do so for themselves.
Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
Restock patient rooms with personal hygiene items, such as towels, washcloths, soap, or toilet paper.
Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
Apply clean dressings, slings, stockings, or support bandages, under direction of nurse or physician.
Remind patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.
Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
Provide information such as directions, visiting hours, or patient status information to visitors or callers.
Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas, using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.
Assist nurses or physicians in the operation of medical equipment or provision of patient care.
Wash, groom, shave, or drape patients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination.
Administer medications or treatments, such as catheterizations, suppositories, irrigations, enemas, massages, or douches, as directed by a physician or nurse.
Explain medical instructions to patients or family members.
Exercise patients who are comatose, paralyzed, or have restricted mobility.
Set up treating or testing equipment, such as oxygen tents, portable radiograph (x-ray) equipment, or overhead irrigation bottles, as directed by a physician or nurse.
Stock or issue medical supplies, such as dressing packs or treatment trays.
Position or hold patients in position for surgical preparation.
Record height or weight of patients.
Collect specimens, such as urine, feces, or sputum.
Urinalysis test strips
Therapeutic hot packs
Therapeutic cold packsAll Tools
Specimen collection containers
Protective patient restraints
Patient transport wheelchairs
Patient transfer boards
Patient limb restraints
Patient bed scales
Patient arm slings
Oxygen therapy equipment
Oxygen nasal cannulas
Orthopedic splint sets
Multi-line telephone systems
Medical examination protective gloves
Manual blood pressure equipment
Hydraulic patient lifts
Hospital intercom equipment
Electronic patient thermometers
Clinical trapeze traction bars
Automated external defibrillators AED
Automated blood pressure cuffs
Anti-embolism elastic stockings
Adjustable hospital beds
Medical condition coding software
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Health information database software
Medical procedure coding software
Medical record charting softwareAll Technologies
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.