Navitas Healthcare staffs Nursing Assistants through the Midwest and east coast currently. Essentially our resources help patients with activities of daily living like eating and bathing. Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas. Wherever there is a need for personal care, nursing assistants (NA), or nurses’ aides, are there. Nursing assistants work in nursing homes, home care, assisted living, Hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings.
Nursing Assistants help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks. They work under a licensed nurse’s supervision, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in the lives of their patients and in keeping the nurse up to date on vital information about the patients’ conditions.
Nursing assistants provide assistance with such tasks as:
- Bathing and skin care
- Mouth and hair care
- Making beds
- Toileting assistance and catheter care
- Bowel and bladder care
- Taking vital signs (temp, pulse, blood pressures etc)
- Helping patients walk with gait belts, walker, cane and other devices
- Assisting with range-of-motion exercises
- Transfer wheelchair-bound patients using safe patient handling devices
- Turning and positioning bedridden patients regularly
- Reporting all changes to the nurse
- Safety awareness
- Observing, reporting and documentation
- Post-mortem care
The demand for Nursing Assistants is growing faster than for workers in nearly every other job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates an increase of 9% through 2028. (The average rate of job growth is only 5%.) This means that new Nursing Assistants will be needed to meet the demand of the aging baby boomer population.