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The Importance Of A Nurse’s Aide

The role of a nurse’s aide or nurse’s assistant is a very important one and should never be underestimated. They are actually an essential contributor to maintaining a healthy society. There are several services to senior citizens offered by these specially trained individuals, whether at home or in a home care facility. These services include:

Dressing the Patient

Basic services are the responsibility of the nurse’s aide, such as washing or bathing the patient, dressing and undressing him/her, ensuring they are well groomed among other duties. At all times the senior should be clean and comfortable. Additionally, their bedding must be changed regularly and the patient helped into and out of the bed.

Toileting Issues

As persons age, their bodily functions do not work as efficiently as before, with one of the most common being incontinence. The older person may soil or urinate on himself, and it is the responsibility of the assistant to change the bedding and clean any mess. They also are required to assist the patient to go to the lavatory and to clean themselves afterward.

Physical Assistance

There are many physical challenges that accompany old age, and these have to be overcome. One such challenge is climbing on top of the bed, so a nurse’s aide will provide any physical support that may be necessary. Support should also be provided for walking, sitting, sleeping and more.

Medical Assistance

The health of a senior needs to be monitored continuously by a nursing assistant. His temperature, blood pressure and pulse rate have to be taken, and he has to take his medication on time. The assistant helps with these and also will make any calls to the senior’s doctor or family, should there be any need.

Although the services that a qualified nursing assistant provides may seem to be somewhat basic, they have significant impact on their patients. The life of a senior can be placed at risk if the service provided is wrong or delayed. It is therefore extremely critical that a qualified nurse’s aide is sourced from reputable agencies, such as Charter Health Care Training Center.

12 Responses so far.

  1. MIco Robin says:

    In these parts a nursing Aide is often called a CARE GIVER. While It is not my field I salute them for the job is in no means a walk in the park as deoicted in a Philippine movie with the same title.

  2. Miaka Yuuki says:

    Good post in showing what the profession entails. In essence it is an all around job my hands are off to these people sure the pay maybe good but judging from the job scope its not easy at all.

  3. Rina says:

    Sometimes the roles of a nurse and a nursing aide aren’t clear cut. Because if there are no nursing aides/assistants, it’s the nurse who’ll do all these things right? Regardless, this article highlights the important roles these healthcare professionals do, which requires not only the physical stamina to withstand the stress, but also the heart to do the job properly.

  4. Rashid says:

    Nurses and nursing aides need a lot of patience and compassion. It’s not the easiest job in the world. I salute to all of them!

  5. Isabel says:

    Nursing aides are vital parts and players of the healthcare system. Without them, the system will not function well. These seemingly mundane tasks, are not that at all, for to become a nursing aide, you need to be dedicated, patient, compassionate and have physical strength.

  6. Jinnel Huff says:

    What used to be the role of the extended family has given way to health care aides in this era. While it is a shame that family no longer is the most common form of assistance for aging relatives, it is with gratitude that I thank those who have taken it apon themselves to become nurses aides. Without them and their selfless efforsts, many seniors would find themselves at the mercy of an overworked hospital system or worse, with no one at all. To everyone who has found it in themselves to be a nursing aide, God bless you, you are truly angels of mercy.

  7. Eleanor says:

    Great breakdown on the importance of nurse aide assistance. I think I might train to become one.

  8. Rosco says:

    A nurse aide has more responsibilities than I thought. Everybody can’t do this job. More power to those who can.

  9. Linda A. says:

    You have to have a lot of compassion to enter this field. Just going into it just for the money ain’t gonna cut it – especially when your responsibilities include bathing a person and tending to toileting issues.

  10. Scott says:

    What is the general starting salary for a Nurse’s Aide? I know it’s not just about the money but I an very curious to know.

  11. Cicily B. says:

    Sounds like a nurses’s aide has quite some serious and personal tasks. You have to be cut out for this; it’s not for everybody that’s for sure.

    • George says:

      You’re right about that. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do. Takes some very special people to fill these types of jobs. Much respect!

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