Nursing Assistant Job Description: Top Duties and Requirements

A Nursing Assistant, or Healthcare Assistant, provides basic care for patients, whether in a hospital, clinic, or long-term healthcare facility. Their duties include following and administering prescribed medications to patients, monitoring their vital signs, and assisting them with day-to-day functioning and activities.

 

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Nursing Assistant duties and responsibilities

A Nursing Assistant provides assistance and care to patients. Primary duties and responsibilities of a Nursing Assistant can include:

  • Responding to patient calls immediately
  • Alerting medical staff in case of a complicated case or an emergency 
  • Maintaining the health and well-being of a patient 
  • Providing physical and emotional support to patients
  • Preparing them for physical examinations, laboratory tests, and medical visits 

 

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Example 1

*About us* Genuvis Health is a collaborative and integrated specialized chronic pain clinic located in Calgary. Leading Cannabinoid clinic and complex neuropathic pain management are the niche of Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed’s practice. Our team is made up of nursing, kinesiology and psychological counselling practitioners. *Required Immediately* We are looking for a trustworthy, hard-working and independent post high school graduate individual who is self-motivated to perform a variety of nursing administrative tasks and support our chronic pain nursing team. The role is multi-faceted and includes basic nursing support such as managing patient bookings, reviewing treatment plans, medication inventory and preparing patient reports. Furthermore, this role is the primary point of contact for all communications between our health networks and Genuvis Health and requires the individual to be well-organized and have great time management skills and to be able to act without guidance. *Key Skills & Personal Qualities: * * A self-starter that has exceptional leadership abilities and is able to remain calm in challenging situations or when unexpected issues arise * Strong work ethic and trustworthy with discretion and confidentiality * Highly professional, well-groomed & courteous nature * Diversity sensitive and culturally aware of implications of chronic pain * Adaptability and flexibility in work environments leading to creative problem solving * Multi-tasker & confident in their ability to manage multiple projects efficiently * Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to transcribe dictations; useful to have knowledge of healthcare and medical terminologies * Openness to new ideas and concepts, and able to change gears when required whether adapting working hours or multi-tasking due to meeting deadlines * Well-versed in technological software that span between Office 365, GSuite, Adobe, Canva, and Social Media platforms including internet navigation and computer hardware troubleshooting. *Qualifications: * * Holds diploma or degree in any of the following disciplines: nursing aide, licensed practical nursing, healthcare, sciences, rehabilitation * Alternatively can be qualified with certification in healthcare administration, social work or medical office assistant * A minimum of 3 years experience * Prefer healthcare administration position *Job Type: Contract, Part-time with full time hours * * Located in NW Calgary, Alberta * Must be able to drive, hold a fully valid driver's license and have a car for transportation Reference ID: Genuvis Health Nursing Assistant Application deadline: 2021-07-23 Expected start date: 2021-07-30 *Genuvis Health provided the following inclusive hiring information: * We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability status. * Women-led organization Job Types: Part-time, Contract, Casual Salary: $15.00 per hour Benefits: * Company events * Flexible schedule * On-site parking * Store discount * Wellness program Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Day shift * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: All staff and patients and visitors to Genuvis Health require a face mask and hand washing upon entering the clinic. We maintain 6ft social distancing and have modified the clinic to provide safe independent work spaces for all employees when required. Experience: * Healthcare: 2 years (preferred) Language: * English (required) * First Aid BLS and ACLS (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

Requisition ID: 237863 Position Number: 20018003 Posting End Date: June 17, 2021 City: Winnipeg Site: Health Sciences Centre Department / Unit: Central Dialysis Unit HSC Job Stream: Clinical Support Union: CUPE-1550(204) Anticipated Start Date: June 17, 2021 FTE: 0.60 Anticipated Shift: Days;Evenings;Weekends Daily Hours Worked: 7.75 Annual Base Hours: 2015 Salary: $18.265, $18.813, $19.377, $19.958, $20.557, $21.174 Shared Health leads the planning and coordinates the integration of patient-centered clinical and preventive health services across Manitoba. The organization also delivers some province-wide health services and supports centralized administrative and business functions for Manitoba health organizations. Position Overview Working as part of a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of the Manager of Patient Care or Nurse in Charge, the incumbent: Performs a variety of clerical tasks and acts as a communication link for the unit. Performs a variety of tasks for the care and comfort of patients as well as routine domestic tasks to maintain the cleanliness of the area (approximately 10-90% dependent on unit, occupancy and shift). Experience Previous related work experience preferred. Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate) Complete high school education, Manitoba standards, required. Successful completion of a Nursing Assistant program or equivalent (both the Health Care Aide and Unit Clerk programs) required. Medical terminology (75% pass mark) required. Qualifications and Skills Preference will be given to those applicants competent in an Indigenous language and/or knowledge in Indigenous customs, traditions and values. Information and/or training will be provided within the probation period for the following: Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and Principles of Routine Practices (Universal Precautions). Regional, site and unit policies and procedures. Roles and responsibilities of members of the health care team. Basic keyboarding skills required. Excellent command of the English language (both oral and written). General skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to the duties of the position. Ability to organize and prioritize assigned workload. Ability to recognize and pursue self-development opportunities. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to respond to a variety of simultaneous demands. Ability to perform as a team member and seek assistance as necessary. General administrative and secretarial skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to duties of the position. Ability to operate information technology equipment as required, [website] fax, photocopier, computer, etc. Physical Requirements Must be able to function effectively in a stressful environment with frequent interruptions. Position may involve physical activity such as lifting, transferring and transporting patients and equipment. The Collective Agreement this position is covered under, is identified by the Union noted above. As a result of The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, the bargaining agent for this position may differ from the Union identified. In the event you have any questions, please contact your site Human Resources Department. We have a unique ability to work together to make health care better. If you want to make a difference and contribute to supporting the health of your family, friends and neighbours, please apply today. Interested candidates should select the "Apply" icon below to upload their cover letter, resume and copy of This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment. Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions in Shared Health that combine to equal more than 1.0 FTE. Shared Health values and supports employment equity and workplace diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

Example 3

Requisition ID: 239902 Position Number: 20039109 Posting End Date: June 18, 2021 City: Winnipeg Site: Health Sciences Centre Work Location: Health Sciences Centre Department / Unit: Medicine Program Relief Team Job Stream: Clinical Union: CUPE-1550(204) Anticipated Start Date: ASAP FTE: 0.70 Anticipated Shift: Days;Evenings;Nights;Weekends;Non-Repeating (non-conforming) Daily Hours Worked: 8.00 Annual Base Hours: 2015 Salary: $18.265, $18.813, $19.377, $19.958, $20.557, $21.174 Shared Health leads the planning and coordinates the integration of patient-centred clinical and preventive health services across Manitoba. The organization also delivers some province-wide health services and supports centralized administrative and business functions for Manitoba health organizations. Position Overview Working as part of a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of the Manager of Patient Care or Nurse in Charge, the incumbent: Performs a variety of clerical tasks and acts as a communication link for the unit. Performs a variety of tasks for the care and comfort of patients as well as routine domestic tasks to maintain the cleanliness of the area (approximately 10-90% dependent on unit, occupancy and shift). Experience Previous related work experience preferred. Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate) Complete high school education, Manitoba standards, required. Successful completion of a Nursing Assistant program or equivalent (both the Health Care Aide and Unit Clerk programs) required. Medical terminology (75% pass mark) required. Certification/Licensure/Registration Not Applicable. Qualifications and Skills Preference will be given to those applicants competent in an Indigenous language and/or knowledge in Indigenous customs, traditions and values. Information and/or training will be provided within the probation period for the following: Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and Principles of Routine Practices (Universal Precautions). Regional, site and unit policies and procedures. Roles and responsibilities of members of the health care team. Basic keyboarding skills required. Excellent command of the English language (both oral and written). General skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to the duties of the position. Ability to organize and prioritize assigned workload. Ability to recognize and pursue self-development opportunities. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to respond to a variety of simultaneous demands. Ability to perform as a team member and seek assistance as necessary. General administrative and secretarial skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to duties of the position. Ability to operate information technology equipment as required, [website] fax, photocopier, computer, etc. Physical Requirements Must be able to function effectively in a stressful environment with frequent interruptions. Position may involve physical activity such as lifting, transferring and transporting patients and equipment. The Collective Agreement this position is covered under, is identified by the Union noted above. As a result of The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, the bargaining agent for this position may differ from the Union identified. In the event you have any questions, please contact your site Human Resources Department. We have a unique ability to work together to make health care better. If you want to make a difference and contribute to supporting the health of your family, friends and neighbours, please apply today. Interested candidates should select the "Apply" icon below to upload their cover letter, resume and copy of This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment. Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions in Shared Health that combine to equal more than 1.0 FTE. Shared Health values and supports employment equity and workplace diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request during the assessment and selection process.

Example 4

Requisition ID: 156781 Position Number: 20039110 Posting End Date: April 14, 2021 City: Winnipeg Site: Health Sciences Centre Department / Unit: Medicine Program Relief Team Job Stream: Clinical Union: CUPE-1550(204) Anticipated Start Date: ASAP FTE: 0.70 Anticipated Shift: Non-Repeating (non-conforming) Daily Hours Worked: 8.00 Annual Base Hours: 2015 Salary: $18.265, $18.813, $19.377, $19.958, $20.557, $21.174 Shared Health leads the planning and coordinates the integration of patient-centred clinical and preventive health services across Manitoba. The organization also delivers some province-wide health services and supports centralized administrative and business functions for Manitoba health organizations. Position Overview Working as part of a multidisciplinary team under the supervision of the Manager of Patient Care or Nurse in Charge, the incumbent: Performs a variety of clerical tasks and acts as a communication link for the unit. Performs a variety of tasks for the care and comfort of patients as well as routine domestic tasks to maintain the cleanliness of the area (approximately 10-90% dependent on unit, occupancy and shift). Experience Previous related work experience preferred. Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate) Complete high school education, Manitoba standards, required. Successful completion of a Nursing Assistant program or equivalent (both the Health Care Aide and Unit Clerk programs) required. Medical terminology (75% pass mark) required. Qualifications and Skills Preference will be given to those applicants competent in an Indigenous language and/or knowledge in Indigenous customs, traditions and values. Information and/or training will be provided within the probation period for the following: Personal Health Information Act (PHIA), Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS) and Principles of Routine Practices (Universal Precautions). Regional, site and unit policies and procedures. Roles and responsibilities of members of the health care team. Basic keyboarding skills required. Excellent command of the English language (both oral and written). General skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to the duties of the position. Ability to organize and prioritize assigned workload. Ability to recognize and pursue self-development opportunities. Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to respond to a variety of simultaneous demands. Ability to perform as a team member and seek assistance as necessary. General administrative and secretarial skills and ability to perform all tasks and responsibilities relevant to duties of the position. Ability to operate information technology equipment as required, [website] fax, photocopier, computer, etc. Physical Requirements Must be able to function effectively in a stressful environment with frequent interruptions. Position may involve physical activity such as lifting, transferring and transporting patients and equipment. The Collective Agreement this position is covered under, is identified by the Union noted above. As a result of The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, the bargaining agent for this position may differ from the Union identified. In the event you have any questions, please contact your site Human Resources Department. We have a unique ability to work together to make health care better. If you want to make a difference and contribute to supporting the health of your family, friends and neighbours, please apply today. Interested candidates should select the "Apply" icon below to upload their cover letter, resume and copy of This position requires a current satisfactory Criminal Records Check (including Vulnerable Sector Search), Child Abuse Registry Check and Adult Abuse Registry Check as conditions of employment. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred. A security check is considered current if it was obtained no more than six (6) months prior to the start of employment. Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions in Shared Health that combine to equal more than 1.0 FTE. Shared Health values and supports employment equity and workplace diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Example 5

Reason for Post : Vacant position Position Status : Permanent- Full time Work Shifts : Day Organization : Ciusss de l'Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal Job Territory : LaSalle Division : Mental Health and Addictions Programs Directorate Service : Reference number : CAT1-21-4483 Number of days : Length of Assignment : Work Schedule : Salary : Number of positions available : 1 Job Category : Nursing (SNP, Nurse Clinician, Nurse, CPNP, Extern, etc.) Posting Start Date : 2021-06-11 Posting End Date : 2021-07-05 Description : We are currently looking for a clinical nurse assistant head nurse or a clinical nurse assistant head nurse. Responsibilities: -Nurse clinician who, in addition to her duties as assistant-head-nurse or assistant to the immeditate superior, is responsible for the development, implementation, assessment and revision of clinical tools and tools for the evaluation of the quality of care. Build a career in our Dorval-Lachine-Lasalle Health and Social Services Center! Send us your CV without delay and we will contact you by phone as soon as possible. Join our team! Requirements : - Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a bachelor with three eligible certificates whose at least two are recognized in medical care; - Member of the OIIQ; - Two (2) years experience in the last four (4) years with geriatric clients in a nursing home;. - Possess leadership; - Bilingualism Comments : We thank all applicants. Only selected candidates will be contacted. The West Island of Montreal Ihssuc has a program for the access to equal employment and invites natives, visible minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for positions. Persons with disabilities can share their special needs in relation to the selection process for the position requested to facilitate the study of their application. If you are applying for a mobile device (smartphone, tablet), you will receive an acknowledgment email asking you to go update your CV for your application to be considered.

What does a Nursing Assistant do?

A Nursing Assistant takes care of patients receiving treatment for a chronic or acute medical condition. These include patients admitted to a hospital, whether in an emergency, intensive care unit or a general ward, retirement home or a nursing home. Nursing Assistants help patients with what they need, serve them meals, monitor their vital statistics, and dispense their medication. A Nursing Assistant may also be required to help patients if they have mobility issues. In addition, a Nursing Assistant has to communicate with the patient’s family and Caregivers to update them on a patient’s condition. 

 

Nursing Assistant skills and qualifications

A Nursing Assistant is expected to provide high-quality care to patients. Some examples of a Nursing Assistant’s skills and qualifications include: 

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and camaraderie with coworkers
  • Ability to work long hours and flexible shifts
  • Ability to provide support to patients in need

 

Nursing Assistant experience requirements

The position of a Nursing Assistant is generally an entry-level job, and that is why there is often no specific requirement of previous experience. Most candidates who graduate from nursing programs are expected to complete in-person training, so they have experience of providing patient care. 

However, there are some healthcare settings that deal with a patient population requiring more vigilant care. This could be critical care patients, or patients with complicated mental health issues. Such facilities may require Nursing Assistants to have some experience. In the majority of healthcare organizations, Nursing Assistants receive on-the-job training from a variety of more senior Nurses. However, Nursing Assistants should have excellent clinical knowledge, and be well-versed with different medical conditions and commonly prescribed drugs and their dosing schedules. 

 

Nursing Assistant education and training requirements

Any applicant interested in the position of a Nursing Assistant is expected to have a high school diploma or equivalent. However, an associate degree or other related post-secondary education may be preferred. In addition, all Nursing Assistants must have a valid license to practice nursing from the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). 

 

Nursing Assistant salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Nursing Assistant is $18.73 per hour in Canada. This may vary depending on the candidate’s level of experience, the location of the job, and the type of healthcare facility they will work for.

 

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Nursing Assistant job description FAQs

 

What qualities make a good Nursing Assistant?

A Nursing Assistant is a healthcare professional who interacts with patients and their families. One of the most important qualities of a good Nursing Assistant is to ensure they provide high-quality care to the patient as reflected in their professional methods of treatment. They also should exemplify traits of patience and tolerance. A Nursing Assistant is also well-versed with medical dosing protocols and common treatment strategies, and has the ability to measure patient vital signs and monitor their progress.

 

Who does a Nursing Assistant report to?

A Nursing Assistant most often reports to the Registered Nurse (RN) and is expected to follow all care instructions provided by RNs and Doctors. However, since most Nursing Assistants receive on-the-job training from RNs, they are expected to work with minimal supervision after this training is complete. They must work independently and react accordingly to varying situations posed by their patients.

 

What makes a good Nursing Assistant job description?

A good job description for a Nursing Assistant clearly specifies the type of healthcare facility they are being hired for and the type of patients they will engage with. A Nursing Assistant usually learns during on-the-job training, but if the candidate is being hired for a specialized healthcare facility or a specific patient population, and need experience in order to perform their duties properly, this should be specified in the job description. Any requirements for night or weekend shifts should also be mentioned in the job description.

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