How to write a Nursing Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Nursing Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Nursing Assistant job titles

    Nursing Assistant
    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
    Emergency Room Nursing Assistant
    Nursing Assistant (Part-Time)
    NA

Nursing Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Nursing Assistant job summary

Our organization is looking for a compassionate and caring Nursing Assistant who is interested in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. The Nursing Assistant will be responsible for offering quality of life services, as well as assisting with developing and administering activities for our residents. The ideal candidate for this position is a compassionate professional with a strong sense of discretion and previous experience working in a long-term care facility.

Nursing Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Nursing Assistant responsibilities

    Assist residents with performing basic tasks such as eating, dressing and toileting when necessary
    Respond immediately to calls from patients for assistance or treatment and alert medical staff to pending emergency situations
    Encourage all residents to get exercise and participate in scheduled activities
    Engage in housekeeping tasks such as replacing linens on beds, cleaning patient rooms and removing and replacing trash bags
    Work with dining room personnel to ensure that all residents get the correct meals and that all residents are able to eat

Nursing Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Nursing Assistant skills

    High school diploma/GED required (Associate degree preferred)
    Valid CNA licence
    Able to communicate clearly in English using written and verbal methods
    Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    Strong bedside manner
    Ability to work as a valuable part of a team

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