Nursing Assistant Job Description

Nursing Assistant Job Overview

The nursing assistant is responsible for providing care for the following patients:

  • Injured patients in a healthcare facility or setting
  • Patients with disabilities or disabled
  • Patients who suffer from mental illness

These are direct care responsibilities. They may include the following:

  • Feeding
  • Ambulating
  • Bathing
  • Dressing

The nursing assistant will represent the facility by upholding the integrity and high standards. The policies and procedures must be followed. This includes infection control standards and environmental standards. They also have a responsibility to incorporate the facilities philosophy and mission with the quality of care that they provide. Certification is commonly required and must be current and up-to-date; for more, see CNA Certification Scoop.

Job Responsibilities and Duties

  • Perform routine tasks supervised or under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Take a patients temperature, pulse, and respiration rate or vitals. Document as required
  • Provide hands-on-care to patients. This may be in a variety of settings. This includes nursing homes, health facilities, mental health facilities, and hospitals
  • Answer calls for assistance and obtain additional help if needed
  • Preparation of meals and serve them
  • Lift and move patients while following the proper procedures
  • Report any unusual or violent behaviors
  • Change dirty bed linens and empty bedpans
  • Observe patients patterns, and report any changes to nursing staff
  • Monitor fluid intake and output
  • Monitor patients emotional, mental, and physical conditions
  • Move and store supplies
  • Provide proper skin care
  • Deliver patients to operating rooms
  • Take patients for walks
  • Feed patient and ensure that food is of the right consistency
  • Take patients blood pressure as needed

These are the most common responsibilities of a nursing assistant. These duties may vary within the various facilities. Every setting that a nursing assistant works in will have the appropriate and specialized job duties and description that will ensure that the proper and unique care is provided to every patient. If you are interested in getting you nursing assistant certification or renewal, visit this site.