Nursing Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

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Job Description

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.


Walking canes

Urinary catheters

Urinalysis test strips


Tympanic thermometers

Therapeutic hot packs

Therapeutic cold packs

All Tools

Steam sterilizers

Specimen collection containers

Shower chairs

Safety razors

Rectal thermometers

Pulse oximeters

Protective patient restraints

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Patient walkers

Patient transport wheelchairs

Patient transfer boards

Patient limb restraints

Patient bed scales

Patient arm slings

Oxygen therapy equipment

Oxygen tents

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen nasal cannulas

Oxygen masks

Orthopedic splint sets

Oral thermometers

Multi-line telephone systems

Medical scales

Medical gurneys

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

Manual blood pressure equipment

Laptop computers

Incentive spirometers

Hydraulic patient lifts

Hospital intercom equipment

Hospital bedpans

Gait belts

Foot boards

Electronic stethoscopes

Electronic patient thermometers

Desktop computers


Clinical trapeze traction bars

Blood glucometers

Bladder ultrasounds

Bed cradles

Automated external defibrillators AED

Automated blood pressure cuffs

Anti-embolism elastic stockings

Adjustable hospital beds


Medical condition coding software

MEDITECH software

Billing software

GE Healthcare Centricity EMR

Health information database software

Medical procedure coding software

Medical record charting software

All Technologies


Telemetry software


Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Listening

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.

Social Perceptiveness

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


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