Provides basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Performs duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Answers patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
- Turns or repositions bedridden patients.
- Provides physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
- Reviews patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
- Measures and records food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
- Records vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
- Gathers information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
- Observes or examines patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.
- Documents or otherwise reports observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
- Reminds patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.
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