Nursing Assistants

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.

Median Annual Wage: $25,100

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (60%); Post-secondary certificate (25%); Some college, no degree (8%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA); Certified Nurses Aide (CNA); Nursing Assistant; Certified Nurse Aide (CNA); Certified Medication Aide (CMA); Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA); Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA); Nurses' Aide; Nursing Aide; State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursing Assistants.

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  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
  • 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.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
  • Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
  • Supply, collect, or empty bedpans.
  • Feed patients or assist patients to eat or drink.
  • Remind patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.
  • Undress, wash, and dress patients who are unable to do so for themselves.
  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Communicate with patients to ascertain feelings or need for assistance or social and emotional support.
  • Prepare or serve food trays.
  • Record height or weight of patients.
  • Clean and sanitize patient rooms, bathrooms, examination rooms, or other patient areas.
  • Collect specimens, such as urine, feces, or sputum.
  • Apply clean dressings, slings, stockings, or support bandages, under direction of nurse or physician.
  • Change bed linens or make beds.
  • Restock patient rooms with personal hygiene items, such as towels, washcloths, soap, or toilet paper.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursing Assistants.

  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Nursing Assistants.

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