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Nursing Assistants
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 3,235

Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.67 - $16.69

Typical Annual Salary: $24,300 - $34,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job 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.
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
  • Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
  • Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
  • Exercise patients who are comatose, paralyzed, or have restricted mobility.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Electronic medical thermometers
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Specimen collection container
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
  • Urinalysis test strips

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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