Nurse’s aides have a lot of opportunities to work in hospitals. Often referred to as ‘NA’s they do very important work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. They work under the direct oversight of nurses (RN’s) and doctors.
A Nurse’s Aide handles a lot of the most basic treatment requirements for patients who are bed-ridden. It’s the NAs who are mainly in charge of the health care being provided in a workplace like a hospital. Together the Nurses and Nurse’s Aides provide care-giving functions that are necessary for the recovery of their patients.
Nurse’s Aide Duties
These talented and caring people dedicate themselves to work they are appointed to within the hospital they work for. Usually, they’re given basic responsibilities like feeding, grooming, and bathing patients, and helping them to try to continue with their normal way of life as much as possible. They also help to comfort those who are in pain.
NAs that are experienced and certified are given roles that are more medically-oriented. They may be called on to record temperatures, take vital signs, and take a patient’s blood pressure. They are sometimes called ‘nursing attendants’ and help to care for patients with acute ailments who might be trying to cope with post-surgery/disease trauma.
These humanitarians are there to give the patients the attention they need as well as carry out suggested practices from the attending physician. They help people along their road to recovery.
Aside from the responsibilities of the patient’s daily needs, an NA will also pull shifts as acting night attendant. This service is provided for all hospital patients, therefore there is an NA associated with nearly every patient admitted into most hospitals. Whether a patient is assigned an NA or an RN will depend on the severity of their condition.
Nurse’s Aide job opportunities are constantly changing in hospital settings. Today they may work at a hospital indefinitely or long enough to study to become an LPN or RN. Just like hospitals and care facilities need good doctors in order to function well, they also need good NAs as well.