Nursing Assistants

patient social interests nursing staff bed health customer bathing feeding emotional support

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

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What they do:
Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. 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.



  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


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


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Epic Systems Hot Technology
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology

Video conferencing software

  • FaceTime

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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