A nurse aide, orderly, or attendant usually works under a nurse. The nurse aide will work with patients and will help them with basic living activities, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and moving from place to place. It may also be necessary to administer medicine to a patient as directed by a nurse or doctor.
The nurse aide may help patients gain more independence in daily activities. The patients may have mental and physical disabilities, so it is important to adapt the type of care, depending on the needs of the patient. It is important to be caring and compassionate, as the job can pose challenges, and it is essential to love working with people. The job can be carried out in a medical facility or in the patient’s home. When working in a patient’s home, the nurse aide may also help with activities, such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, errands, and other housekeeping duties. The nurse aide will have to report to the patient’s medical provider if any changes in health are detected.
Usually, a high school diploma is a minimum requirement for this job. CPR certification may have to be obtained prior to being hired. A valid driver’s license may be required, especially if the job requires transporting the patient from place to place.
Nurse Aide, Orderly, or Attendant Tasks
Assist patient with daily activities such as eating bathing and dressing.
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff.
Perform basic housekeeping tasks.
Assist with patient transport.