Nurse Assistants

Nurse assistants (also called nurse aides, orderlies, or hospital attendants) work under the supervision of nurses and handle much of the personal care needs of the patients. This allows the nursing staff to perform their primary duties more effectively and efficiently. Nurse assistants help move patients, assist in patients' exercise and nutrition needs, and oversee patients' personal hygiene. Nurse assistants may also be required to take patients to other areas of the hospital for treatment, therapy, or diagnostic testing. They are required to keep charts of their work with their patients for review by other medical personnel and to comply with required reporting. There are about 1.4 million nurse assistants in the United States, and about 42 percent of them are employed in nursing care facilities.

Quick Facts
Duties Provide daily personal care for patients; assist patients with physical and mental exercises; move and transport patients; keep accurate records on patient care
Alternate Title(s) Nurse Aides, Orderlies, Hospital Attendants
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Medication Aide
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Nurse Assistant Trainee

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