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The Importance of Nurse’s Aides

There are several job opportunities available in hospitals, to be employed as a Nurse’s Aide, also referred to as NAs. Nurse’s Aides do not only work in hospitals, but in nursing homes as well, under the supervision of nurses and doctors.

The main function of a Nurse’s Aide is to address the needs of bedridden patients, who for specific medical reasons require this service in healthcare facilities such as hospitals. They provide caregiving functions in these facilities, which include attending to the particular requirements of the patient, as well as patient care activities.

The various responsibilities of the NAs are carried out in all departments of hospitals and include feeding and grooming patients. Duties include giving them baths and generally assisting them to carry on a mode of life that is as normal as possible. Ensuring that they are comfortable, although suffering pain from their physical ailments is of paramount importance.

NAs are certified and experienced and are sometimes required to carry out roles that are more medically-oriented, including  taking and recording the vital statistics of patients such as temperatures and blood pressure among others. They are also referred to as nursing attendants, and provide care for patients who are contending with post disease or surgery trauma.  Assisting patients to follow the guidelines provided by the doctor to help them recover quickly, is another way NAs help patients return to their regular routines.

Not only do NAs have the responsibility of fulfilling the needs of patients during the day, but they also work in hospitals as night attendants. All patients in hospitals are entitled to this service. Consequently, NAs usually associate with almost every patient that is admitted to a hospital. Whether a patient is assigned a nurse’s aide or a nurse, depends on the severity of their health.

The extent of job opportunities for a Nurse’s Aide is changing gradually in hospitals. It’s possible for NAs to work indefinitely in hospitals, or they can work while continuing their studies for positions such as an LPN or RN, which pay higher salaries. NAs are just as important to the effective functioning of hospitals and other medical care facilities, as are skilled and competent doctors.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Austin says:

    They say that long-term care workers, such as certified nursing assistants, are the backbone of the formal long-term care delivery system, providing the majority of paid assistance to people with disabilities. I’ve also read that over 700,000 certified nursing assistants provided personal assistance to residents in nursing homes in 2004. These “frontline nursing home workers primarily help people by assisting with activities of daily living (such as eating, bathing, and dressing). The central role of these workers in providing “hands on services makes them the key factor in determining the quality of paid long-term care.

  2. Jason says:

    Nursing assistants are often thought of as the lowest paid and hardest working staff in a hospital or clinic environment, yet it’s interesting that many of their families would like to show appreciation for the care demonstrated. That’s because the nurse aide will spend more time with individual patients than any nurse or doctor, and help patients with grooming, getting dressed and many other basic tasks an able bodied person takes for granted.

  3. Austin says:

    The average pay for a Certified Nurse Assistant is $10.84 per hour. The skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Telemetry, Intensive Care Unit, and Emergency Room. From what I can see, the pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. People in this job generally don’t have more than 20 years’ experience.

  4. Gerald says:

    Strong opinions have emerged about work environment interference with CNAs’ ability to provide quality and comprehensive care. Some CNA’s believe that their supervisors do not respect the value of the care and nurturing that CNAs provide. This contrasts with the respect that CNAs voice for residents. I think there’s need for improved relationships between CNAs and management. It’s up to new generations of administrative workers to change that.

  5. Oliver says:

    From what I hear my friends tell me – those who work in this field – is that one of the most important and sometimes difficult relationships in the medical profession is the interaction between the nurse and the CNA. Certified nursing assistants are often overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. That is why I think that this line of work is rewarding. CNA’s are valiant, dedicated persons who deserver recognition for their hard work and empathy for the elderly.

  6. Barbara says:

    Nurse Aides are valued workers indeed. For those who are just getting started, I hope for their sake that they know how to interview for a job. I hope they know to treat everyone they encounter with professionalism and kindness. That receptionist or secretary or maintenance man may offer his or her opinion of you to the boss. It will count. Don’t let the employer’s casual approach cause you to drop your manners or professionalism.

  7. Shane says:

    For many nursing assistants, their number one complaint about work is that they don’t feel appreciated. There’s an easy fix for that. People could try giving a thank you card. There are plenty of reasons to do so. You could praise a CNA for his or her outstanding patient care. Give kudos to an aide who embodies the spirit of teamwork. Let a nursing assistant know that you recognize improvement, especially if it’s an issue for which you had to counsel the person. Acknowledge loyalty for those CNAs who are longtime employees.

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