Job Description & Requirements
State-tested nursing assistants help patients with personal care and grooming, including bathing, dressing, toileting, hair care and skin care. They assist patients with walking, transferring in and out of wheelchairs and changing position in bed. They feed patients that cannot feed themselves. They monitor patients’ vital signs. STNAs that work in patients’ homes may also prepare meals and do light housekeeping tasks. In addition to providing physical care, nursing assistants develop relationships with patients and provide companionship and emotional support. They document the care they provide in patients’ medical charts.
STNAs work in hospitals and nursing homes. They often work in fast-paced environments and spend most of their time on their feet. They must be able to lift heavy patients. Some STNAs work for home health care agencies and care for patients in their own homes instead of health care facilities. Those working in patients’ homes must work well independently because often no other professional caregivers are available to provide assistance.