Among the vast array of health care careers lies the area of direct care giving. One of the vital health care team members is the Nursing Assistant [NA]. The NA works under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Nursing Assistants can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, even personal homes. Wherever there is a need for personal care, Nursing Assistants are the ones who, for the most part, perform the most basic needs for patients, young and old alike. Since NAs have extensive daily contact with each patient, they are key to providing vital information on the patient's conditions to the nurse.
Nursing Assistants provide patient care to maintain safety and needed assistance with daily living tasks, such as:
Dressing, bathing, toileting, and skin care
Assistance with movement: Walking, transferring from a bed to a chair, or positioning in bed
Taking vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, etc.)
Communicating patient needs or changes to the nurse or health team
The Nurse Assisting Course is one-semester in length, and combines classroom learning with experiential learning in the laboratory or clinical area. Classes are taught by a registered nurse. Students will be in class one day per week for 4-5 hours, and in the laboratory or clinical area one or two additional days per week, for up to 8 hours.
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