Duties of a Nursing Assistant
Most of us are familiar with Nursing Assistants, but we don’t really kn
ow all that is required for them to complete their work efficiently and
of the best quality. Time restraints can often make it difficult to de
cide to do a job better or to get more done. Thus, having an outstandin
g work ethic is of the utmost importance.
Nursing Assistants must also have excellent communication skills. The
y are required to have interactions with patients, family members, Nu
rses, and a variety of other medical professionals. It is imperative
that they are able to effectively reply and communication that needs
to take place with these various types of individuals.
It is widely known that Nursing Assistants provide basic are for patien
ts including feeding, bathing, and dressing. However, this is just the
tip of the iceberg when you take a look at all the various duties invol
ved in being an effective Nurse Assistant. While the specific duties wi
ll vary according to the medical facility you work for, there are some
that are found in most every one.
Bathing is generally either a shower or a bed bath depending on the
level of care the patient requires. Personal hygiene including combi
ng hair, brushing teeth, applying makeup, cleaning dentures all need
s to be done for each individual patient. Shaving is also to be take
n into consideration, and completed as needed.
Taking patients vital signs are a daily requirement of Nursing Assista
nts. Taking vital signs includes temperature, pulse, respiration, and
blood pressure. This information that is recorded on the patients char
t, and reviewed by the Nursing staff and other medical professionals.
For patients requiring assistance with eating, the routine can take
20-60 minutes depending on the abilities of the patient and how much
food they consume. The Nursing Assistant needs to document the type
of food and drink consumed and the quantities of each on the patien
t’s chart. Some patients will need to take v