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Nursing assistants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities.

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Data last updated October 2021

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Job Description

Performs custodial tasks and assists with nursing duties in caring for patients, including psychiatric and rehabilitative patients. Performs direct and indirect patient care activities according to established policies and procedures, observes and reports changes in patient conditions and maintains a safe and clean patient and environment. For home services, may travel to patient home to render services. State certification required.

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Employment Outlook

Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.


Certificate – < 1 Year

Most technical colleges as well as some medical schools offer a CNA program