Cares for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers prescribed medications or starts intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
- Observes patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
- Answers patients' calls and determines how to assist them.
- Provides basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
- Measures and records patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.
- Works as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
- Supervises nurses' aides or assistants.
- Evaluates nursing intervention outcomes, conferring with other healthcare team members as necessary.
- Assembles and uses equipment, such as catheters, tracheotomy tubes, or oxygen suppliers.
- Records food and fluid intake and output.
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