Nursing attendants work in dedicated nursing homes or rehabilitation facilities, depending on their specific job placements. These individuals are required to provide one on one care to their assigned patients, to ensure their physical and emotional comfort.
Working as a nursing attendant is an exceptionally challenging job. One has to be extremely patient and possess the ability to handle a range of nursing care services, as detailed in each patient’s care plan. A certification and some experience is often required by employers who hire nursing attendants. If you are working in a personal capacity, you may not be scrutinized too much as long as you have experience to your name. In addition to this, you have to have a helping nature – nursing is not just about administering medication and providing assistance with grooming. There is so much more that one has to do in order to ensure patient comfort and safety.
If working as a nursing attendant is something that you want to do for the rest of your life, it is important that you have a certain type of personality. Patience is a virtue. So is the ability to handle tough situations that demand immediate response. If you feel that you have it in you to do justice to this work, you may look at the following list of duties.
• Assist assigned patients with activities of daily life such as grooming, toileting, washing and dressing
• Look through specific, individualized care plans to determine patients’ care activities, and plan tasks accordingly
• Confer with doctors and family members to acquire information of medical conditions and limitations
• Administer medication to patients in a timely manner, placing special focus on accuracy of dosage
• Assist patients by providing them mobility support, and helping them to and from bathrooms
• Provide support to doctors or other nursing personnel with examinations and procedures
• Assist with lifting, positioning, moving and ambulating patients by making appropriate use of body mechanics
• Provide information to the kitchen staff regarding patients’ diet plans and ensure that all food items are prepared accordingly
• Feed patients nutritious food in a timely manner and ensure that food and water intake is properly recorded
• Take and record patients’ vital signs in their specific charts, and inform doctors of any significant changes
• Provide intervention in emergency situations, providing first aid and CPR as required
• Observe patients to detect signs of distress and provide counseling, or inform the doctor as appropriate