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The Roles of Nurse’s Aide in the Health Care Industry

There are plenty of job opportunities today if you’re a nurse’s aide. Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are always in need of NAs to provide much-needed assistance to the doctors and nurses they employ.

The primary responsibility of a nursing aide is to provide bed-stricken patients with essential health care services and to perform caregiving functions required by medical institutions such as, but not limited to, hospitals. NA’s are also responsible for assisting patients in performing a series of health care activities in strict compliance with the policies and procedures of the institution at which they’re employed.

Nursing Aides function well in any department or section of the hospital. They perform numerous responsibilities vital to the patient’s well-being, such as providing whatever help a patient needs during feeding hours, monitoring and assisting in maintaining the patient’s hygiene, and helping ailing patients with zero or minimal mobility capabilities to cope up with normal daily activities. It may sound menial, but these responsibilities have an enormous impact on the recovery of patients suffering from severe medical conditions.

It’s also common for doctors or registered nurses to allow certified nursing aides who’ve proven themselves reliable, to monitor and record the patient’s vital signs, such as pulse rate and blood pressure. Of all their roles and responsibilities, nursing aides are exceptionally useful in helping recovering patients overcome the different hurdles they encounter by giving them the attention and comfort they need during difficult times.

Mostly working at night, NAs are vital to the healthcare industry. All hospitals in all 50 States employ nursing aides by the dozens.

As the healthcare industry evolves, the role of certified nurse’s aide also evolves with it. It’s also becoming more common for someone aspiring to be a certified nurse or a doctor to start their career as a nurse aide and move up the profession “ladder” over time with a more dynamic understanding of how the healthcare industry works.

13 Responses so far.

  1. Jenna B. says:

    It is true that the “smallest” job has the most impact. Nursing aides are more in contact with the patient as compared to nurses or doctors. They know the patient more and therefore are able to address whatever issues that will come up. Of course, they can only help/assist the patient within the limits of their job description. Anything beyond that can easily be referred to the nurse or doctor. I definitely agree that nursing aides are a vital part of the healthcare industry.

  2. Lakeyia says:

    Yes, the smallest jobs have a huge impact on many peoples lives. I think that being a nurse is great even though I have not done that career myself. I am actually thinking about this career field so that I have something to fall back on. I love how nurses do things and how they are the ones that make a huge impact.

  3. Marissa says:

    I hope the government do something about the expensive education in this country. I have lots of friends who want to become nursing aides but can’t afford to go to a good school. As the article said, nursing aides are very important to the healthcare industry. Therefore, to cope with the rising demand of nursing aides in the coming years, there should be more students in schools now.

  4. Alex Ross says:

    My sister is a nursing aide and this article is spot on! She loves to help recovering patients during their more trying moments. Although, she doesn’t love the night shifts and grunt work, she’s still very content with her work whenever she gets to see a patient being discharged.

  5. Aznor Azizul Dzulkefli says:

    Now I know that I can get as many opportunity when you are nurse aide. I love it that they can have a flexible working hour.

  6. Martha Guevara says:

    I never really thought of the importance of NAs. The whole feeding, monitoring, assisting must be so overwhelming all the time. Can’t really believe sometimes they’re taken for granted. The recovery of patients would be impossible without a Nurse Aid to follow it with caution.

  7. Elena Torres says:

    I didn’t know that NAs mostly work at night, that shift is hard on the body. That is why they’re vital to the industry. They help people everyday, it’s interesting how some start as aids and then move up to being a ladder nurse or doctor as their studies or development improves.

  8. Ish says:

    I am a nurse by profession but I did not practice it. However, I’ve worked with nursing aide’s and they really do make the job easier (with the exception of some). But truly, some nurses treat them far less than they deserve. They’re doing some of the hardwork, mind you.

  9. Devina says:

    I absolutely don’t think that the job is menial. It is somehow rewarding and enjoyable.

  10. Monica says:

    I think NAs play a big role in our health care facilities today. Yet somehow, it is still under-appreciated sometimes.

  11. lailani52 says:

    Just thinking of how these Nursing Aides assist in the needs of the patients are awesome. Sick and elderly patients are hard to handle, just giving them all the care from a stranger may sometimes trigger their emotions that can lead to outburst. But these Nursing Aides have not just studied the fundamental aspect of being in this occupation but has put their mind and heart that their job is not merely a job but a calling.

  12. Rain Santos-Ocampo says:

    I tip my hats off to NAs. They deserve more limelight especially because of the nature of their work and being the one’s that give heart to encourage patients during challenging moments.

  13. Ala says:

    Never really understood about the roles of nurses aide. Now I see that they are an integral part of the nursing field, and oftentimes underrated.

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