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Working As A Nursing Attendant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Attendant Do At NYU Medical Center

* Assists with Admission/Transfer/Discharge of patients:Orients patient to hospital environment as outlined in the Patient Assessment Database
* Provides patient with toileting supplies
* Assists patient to remove clothes, complete property check list and safeguard personal property through Security
* Assists in transfer of patients by gathering belongings, completion of clothing list and assisting in moving the patient
* Prepares bedside unit to receive patients.
* Discharges:Assists patient to dress and pack personal belongingsEscorts patient as necessary and remains with the patient until he/she has left the building.
* Conducts patient rounds minimally every two hours for toileting, positioning, comfort, safety and personal needs.
* Answers patient call lights and responds to patient needs promptly

What Does A Nursing Attendant Do At Northwell Health

* Assists with admissions, discharges, and transfers.
* Orients patients to unit environment.
* Escorts and transports patients as necessary.
* Takes and records temperatures, pulses, respiration, heights, weights and abdominal girths.
* Assists in achieving nutritional needs: Distributes water pitchers.
* Prepares patients for meals and nourishment.
* Assists with menu selection.
* Serves and collects trays.
* Feeds patients or assists as needed.
* Encourages or restricts fluids.
* Records and totals intake.
* Assists with elimination needs: Gives and removes bedpans and urinals.
* Assists patients to commode or bathroom.
* Routinely checks patients for incontinence.
* Applies incontinence devises as instructed.
* Records and totals outputs (urine, stool, drainage).
* Ensures patient comfort and safety: Promptly responds to call lights.
* Conducts frequent patient rounds for observation.
* Ensures beds are in appropriate position with wheels locked and that side rails remain in “up” position as indicated.
* Ensures patient call bells and bedside articles are within patient reach.
* Reports findings to professional staff.
* Provides observation on a one-on-one basis when required.
* Maintains cleanliness and orderliness of utility rooms, medication room, kitchen/kitchen cabinets, equipment and storage areas, and nursing areas.
* Routinely cleans and defrosts unit refrigerators.
* Receives daily work assignments and verbal reports from professional staff during work shift.
* Performs and assists patients with activities of daily living: bathing, grooming/shaving, oral hygiene, skin care, perineal care, foot care, turning and positioning passive and active range of motion exercises, progressive ambulation with or without use of assistive devices, changing bed linens.
* Adheres to infection control protocols including handwashing, maintaining a safe, clean patient environment and undertaking universal precautions and isolations precautions.
* Administers therapy on unit including enemas, sitz baths, warm soaks, cold packs, ace bandages and antiembolic stockings.
* Applies and removes continuous passive motion (CPM) device and sequential compression device (SCD).
* Assists in emergency situations.
* Assists professional staff with examinations, procedures and treatments including reinforcement of instructions and guidance.
* Cleans equipment.
* Reports malfunctioning equipment to appropriate personnel.
* Performs postmortem care.
* Transports bodies to morgue.
* Collects, labels and sends specimens to laboratory.
* Reports to nurse the ability or inability to obtain specimens.
* Tests specimens with diagnostics on unit.
* Applies posey vests and limb restraints and routinely monitor patient’s response to restraints.
* Assists other employees as needed

What Does A Nursing Attendant Do At Northwell Health

* Functions as a co-worker to the nurse and a key member of the nursing care team:
* Organizes patient care assignment and sets priorities.
* Alerts RN co-worker to changes in patient status i.e., alteration in comfort, skin integrity, alterations in breathing pattern, etc.
* Documents patient care and patient status changes on the appropriate chart forms.
* Communicates routine information to RN periodically during shift i.e., intake and output.
* Assists RN in providing for ADL needs of patients:
* Prepares patients for meals, and feeds or assists with meals.
* Provides between meal nourishment and fresh water to patients.
* Bathes or assists patient to bathe, provides oral hygiene.
* Toilets patients as necessary.
* Maintains patient’s mobility with range of motion exercises and ambulation.
* Grooms patient, including shaving, as needed.
* Participates with the RN in the development of a plan of care for assigned patient.
* Utilizes a plan of care in carrying out patient assignments.
* Maintains patient care units in a neat and orderly condition:
* Changes and makes beds.
* Cleans and straightens bedside table and over bed tables, as needed.
* Strips patient units upon discharge of patient, in preparation for cleaning by Housekeeping Department.
* Removes equipment from room.
* Cleans and place it in appropriate area.
* Prepares room for new admissions, transfers and post-operative patients.
* Assists Registered Nurse by performing selected procedures and simple treatments:
* Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration rate and B
* P. on admission and as assigned.
* Measures and records fluid intake and output; totals at shift end.
* Obtains specimens, such as urine, stool and sputum.
* Administers enemas, as directed.
* Weighs and records patient weight on admission and as indicated.
* Shave patients as instructed in preparation for procedures.
* Performs simple procedures utilizing aseptic technique (i.e. applying and changing simple dressings).
* Performs simple respiratory treatments, as required (i.e. suctioning).
* Performs a variety of related duties:
* Assists patients in and out of bed, ambulates patients, lifts, turns and positions patients.
* Assists with serving of meals; positions patient, cleans over bed table, and helps distribute and collect trays.
* Transports and accompanies patients to various departments, as directed.
* Reports missing or damaged equipment to Unit Service Coordinator.
* Maintains non-patient rooms (i.e., utility rooms, linen rooms, kitchens, etc.) in a neat and orderly condition.
* Maintains cleanliness of patient care equipment.
* Performs constant observation on selected patients as assigned.
* Follows medical Center’s policies and procedures to support QA/QI efforts in patient care and services.
* Performs post-mortem care and transports body to morgue

What Does A Nursing Attendant Do At NYU Medical Center

* Assemble O2 and suction set-ups
* Provides patient care to respiratory patients as determined by the protocols of specific units: Tracheostomy care, tracheal suctioning, oral suctioning, endotracheal tube suctioning and pulse oximetry readings.
* Prepares patient and assists physician with procedures such as spinal tap, paracentesis, thoracentesis, bone marrow and other specialized procedures and treatments.
* Administers NG, gastrostomy and jejunostomy feeds, including verifying feeding rates, changing bags, check for residuals, establishing patency and placement of feeding tube prior to feeding and recognizing and reporting deviation from normal.
* Observes IV sites for infiltration.
* Secures catheters.
* Removes peripheral IV catheters as directed by RN.
* Discontinues Foley catheters.
* Performs venous phlebotomy.
* Performs EKG and applies cardiac leads.
* Measure and record blood sugar using the glucose meter
* Performs other duties as aligned with the mission and values of the organization
* Performs other duties such as errands, relieving other units, bringing stretchers and assisting other members of the health team, as directed.
* Maintains cleanliness of utility rooms and pantries as assigned.
* Maintains a safe and uncluttered environment of care in patient rooms including removing excessive furniture, supplies and equipment.
* Assists with supply and equipment management of patient, procedure and supply rooms per department standards.
* Maintains competence through inservice and educational programs.
* Attends staff meetings and reviews/signs minutes of meetings not attended.
* Performs post mortem care.
* Responds to and meets patient/family needs and customer concerns as soon as possible with compassion and understanding.
* Established effective, caring relationships with staff, patients, family and other members of the health care team.
* Reports any changes observed in the patients condition to the RN.
* Performs control testing and records urine dipstick results per unit policy.
* Performs and documents safety observations for patients on continuous observation or in restraints, per policy and as directed.
* Measures and records oral intake, urinary output, bowel elimination, gastric and other drainage onto I&O record (form or electronic).
* Calculates 8 hour totals.
* Empties drainage bags.
* Weighs patients and electronically records on admission, weekly and as directed by RN.
* Takes and electronically records blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration, at least twice a day and as directed by the RN.
* Reports temperature evaluations above 99 degrees Fahrenheit and below 97 degrees Fahrenheit to RN.
* Changes linen in accordance with policy and as necessary.
* Assists with moving, lifting, positioning and transporting of patients.
* Assists with assembling traction apparatus.
* Assists with removal and security of patient personal items as indicated on pre-op check list.
* Informs RN of any audible clinical alarms such as IV pumps, feeding pumps, ventilators, bedside monitors
* Collects urine, stool and sputum specimens as directed by RN.
* Performs enema procedures:Fleets phosphosoda enema
* Oil retention enema
* Soaps suds enema
* Tap water enema
* Harris drip.
* Performs and/or assist patient with simple treatments:Sitz bath
* Binder application
* Remove and reapply SCD wraps
* Ace bandage application
* Soaks to limbs
* Simple dressing changes (normal saline)
* Pressure ulcer care (normal saline, hydrocolloid dsg.)Colostomy care on established colostomy patientsApplication of ointments and creams including medicated topicals as directed by the RN.
* Prepares patients for meals including:Clearing overbed tables and placing them within reach of the patient
* Positioning patient correctly for eating/tube feedings
* Assisting patients by preparing utensils and food items
* Feeding patients
* Observes that tube feedings are dripping and notifies RN when feeding bags are near completion

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How To Become A Nursing Attendant

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Nursing Attendant Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Tagalog


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Top Nursing Attendant Skills

  1. Direct Patient Care
  2. Daily Living Activities
  3. Personal Hygiene Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided direct patient care, assistance/supervision during activities daily living such as eating, bathing and ambulating.
  • Assist with daily living activities.
  • Monitored vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse.
  • Measured/recorded vital signs, intakes and outputs.
  • Bathe, groom, shave, dress, or drape patients to prepare them for surgery, treatment, or examination.

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