Nursing aides in scrubs uniforms - also known as nursing assistants, nurse aides, hospital attendants, or orderlies - help to care for infirm, disabled, and injured patients in hospitals and nursing care facilities. They perform routine tasks and provide direct patient care under the supervision of the medical and nursing staff. Their specific tasks can vary, but can include assisting patients to dress, bathe, and eat. They answer calls for help, make beds, serve meals, clean rooms, and deliver messages. Other duties often include taking patients' blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature, and respiration rate. They observe the patients' physical, emotional, and mental condition and report on changes to the medical or nursing staff. They help patients to get out of bed and to walk, and escort them to examining and operating rooms. They assist the medical staff by storing supplies, setting up equipment, and assisting with basic procedures.

The nursing aides employed by nursing care facilities frequently are the principal caregivers, and thus have more contact with patients than other members of the medical staff. Because of the physical stress of the job like lifting and moving patients, helping them stand and walk and the hazard of contracting infections and diseases, nursing aides have some of the highest rates of illness and non-fatal injuries of any job category. They also must deal with unpleasant tasks such as changing soiled bed linen, emptying bedpans, and caring for irritable, uncooperative, or disoriented patients. Although being a nursing aide in scrubs uniform is a demanding job, it also gives a great deal of satisfaction from helping people in need. They should be patient, tactful, understanding, and emotionally stable, as well as willing to perform routine, repetitive tasks. They should have good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team.

Nursing aides must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and some jobs require other qualifications. Training is offered in many high schools, vocational-technical schools, community colleges, and some nursing care facilities. The coursework covers anatomy and physiology, nutrition, body mechanics, control of infection, and communication skills. Candidates are also taught how to help patients to bathe, groom themselves, and eat. Some employers provide newly-hired aides with classroom instruction; others rely upon informal on the job training by licensed nurses or more experienced aides.

Aides who work in nursing care facilities are required by the federal government to complete at least seventy-five hours of state-accredited training, and to pass a competency examination. Nursing aides who complete such a program are called certified nurse assistants (CNA's). Other requirements can vary from state to state. Nursing aides in scrub uniforms must have good health and pass a criminal background check. The opportunities for advancement are limited as compared with other jobs in the medical field. They usually need additional education or formal training in order to enter higher-paying healthcare occupations. They are entry level jobs which can provide an income and basis of experience for high school graduates who are pursuing further education. Former aides with advanced education and training can go on to become licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, or medical assistants.


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