• Nursing Assistants
  • Health Science
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 27,610
    $20,530 range bar $36,810
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Fast Growing
  • Nursing assistants provide basic patient care under the direction of nursing staff. They help patients with daily living activities and may transfer or transport patients.

What do they typically do

  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to find out what patients need
  • Observe or examine patients to find symptoms that may need medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine
  • Make sure patient receives appropriate diet by reviewing patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities
  • Physically support patients in activities, including getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising
  • Measure patients vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients
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