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Nursing Assistants

Also called: Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Nursing Assistant

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
Health
  • medicine and dentistry

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Medical record charting software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Accounting software
  • Billing software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$24,420
per year, on average
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