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Nursing Assistants

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

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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.


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


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
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • 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


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


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: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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