Nursing assistants provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. They perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. Responsibilities may include medication administration and other health-related tasks.
Most nursing assistants work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are physically active and may need to help lift or move patients.
Nursing assistants often need to complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam to become licensed or certified.