Nursing Assistant Career
Nursing Assistant: Nursing Assistants (NA) provide a basic nursing service under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Nurse Assistants are often very experienced but are still unable to perform many of the advanced duties of a Registered Nurse due to a lack of full Registered Nursing training. Working as a Nursing Assistant gives you an excellent first hand experience of the healthcare industry.
Nursing Assistants are sometimes known as Personal Care Assistants, Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's), Nurse's Aides or Patient Care Technicians depending on where they work.
The main duties of a Nursing Assistant include:
- Observing patients.
- Reporting any findings to the supervising Nurse.
- Ability to administer first aid and CPR.
- Assisting Registered Nurses in their daily duties.
- Dressing wounds.
- Bathing patents using bed baths and showers.
- Feeding patients who are unable to do so.
- Toileting patients who need assistance with bedpans, urinals and going to the bathroom.
- Monitoring the vital signs of the patient.
- Assisting patients with exercise.
- Making beds and keeping the patients area clean and tidy.
- Turning bedridden patients to prevent bedsores.
- Reporting to the supervising Nurse.
Where they work: Nursing Assistants can work in any setting where a Registered Nurse works, such as Hospitals, Nursing homes, Community Centers, Hospices, Schools, Outpatient facilities and so on.
Qualifications: You can become a Certified Nursing Assistant without having any prior medical experience. Some healthcare facilities employ Nurse Assistants and provide classes for them along with practical training. Other Certified Nursing Assistants train by completing a course in their local Community College. On completion of the CNA’s course, students must fill the required hours of experience and take their states licensing examination.
Find a Nursing School near you: Use the Further Your Career zip code search box, to find schools and colleges in your area that offer nursing programs.
Below is a list of some of the various types of medical nurses / assistant nurses: