Nursing Assistant

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Job Outlook through 2028

Employment Current: 79,490
Employment Projected: 87,710
Percentage Change: 10.3%

Education/Training

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Sample Job Titles

  • Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA)
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
  • Nurses' Aide
  • Nursing Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Duties

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.

Skills

  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $24,720
Average: $31,210
Experienced: $39,660