On the Job
Nursing Assistants perform duties such as feeding, bathing, dressing, or moving patients. They may transfer or transport patients. They work in clinical settings, rather than patients' homes.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Assist patients with daily activities.
- Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures.
- Feed patients.
- Give medications or immunizations.
- Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety.
- Interview patients to gather medical information.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- Working with a group or team.
- Walking and running.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Frequent decision-making.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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