Skip navigation

Nursing Assistants

Also called: Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA)

Watch Career Video

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:
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Feed patients or assist patients to eat or drink.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

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
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Epic Systems Hot Technology
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications Find Licenses Apprenticeship.gov

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$29,660
$21,960
$40,620
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

You might like a career in one of these industries:
See more details at O*NET OnLine about nursing assistants.