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Nursing Assistant


Nursing Assistants work under the supervision of a nurse and provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks. Working closely with patients, nursing assistants are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. Nursing Assistants give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.


Upon completion of the Nursing Assistant Program, the student will be eligible to take the certification by the State of California and be able to:
  1. Provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes or long-term care settings.
  2. Perform comfort and personal care measures in the health/home care setting.
  3. Provide basic emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual support to clients in the health/home care settings.
  4. Cooperate with the health care team members to coordinate delivery of nursing assistant care and seek guidance when necessary.
  5. Exhibit professional conduct, appearance, and ethical behavior when providing nursing assistant care.
  6. Demonstrate skills which provide for the restorative needs of clients.
  7. Demonstrate effective written/oral communication in maintaining relationship with clients, families, and other health care members.
  8. Maintain the rights of clients.
  9. Perform nursing assistant care with regard to the principles of infection control.
  10. Perform basic emergency procedure for all aged clients.
  11. Demonstrate procedures in a safe therapeutic manner in the health/home care setting to meet federal/state mandates.
  12. Demonstrate defensive driving techniques.
  13. Conduct a self-inventory of personal strengths for the purpose of improving performance.
  14. Identify the similarities/differences in the role of the nursing assistant in the health care setting and the role of the health nursing aide in the home care setting.