Nursing Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.6% (as fast as the average)


What Nursing Assistants Do

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.

Other Job Titles Nursing Assistants May Have

Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nurses' Aide, Nursing Aide, Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Nurse Assistant ,


My typical day consists of charting, observing historical records, medical management, and getting their assessments done. All these individual tasks can take a while depending on the needs of the infant. Some of the assessments consist of weighing the baby, changing the linen (the bedding), their diapers, and bathing the infants. I have to do all that while trying not to come into physical contact with them for 6 hours.

Patient Care Technician ,

Holy Cross

I observe patients and chart everything that takes place on my shift. 

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Feed patients or assist patients to eat or drink.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
  • 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.

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