Health Care Assistants, also known as nursing assistants, auxiliary nurses, or support workers, provide care to patients in hospitals or other medical settings.

To ensure the patient’s comfort and safety assistants are under the direction of a qualified professional.

Due to the high dependency of patients on Health Care Assistant, it is very essential for them to take their responsibilities seriously.

Day to day responsibilities of a Health Care Assistant may include:

  1. Taking Blood Samples:
     
    For Assistants working in hospitals, taking and delivering blood samples is a regular responsibility.
  2. Mobility Assistance:
    If a patient has trouble with mobility, Health Care Assistants help them to the toilet and oversee safe transitions from one place to the next.
  3. Replacing Linens:
     Health Care Assistants are responsible for ensuring the comfort of patients, meaning that linens are replaced by Assistants daily.
  4. Washing Patients:
     Assistants assist patients who are unable to shower on their own.
  5. Equipment Sterilisation:
    All equipment used in medical facilities must be sterilized and properly stored, and this task falls on the Health Care Assistant.
  6. Checking Vitals:
    A large part of a Health Care Assistant’s day consists of monitoring and recording vitals.
  7. Communicating with Superiors:
    To ensure proper care, Health Care Assistants communicate with superiors to address changes in patient health.
  8. Lab Processing:
    If a medical professional orders labs, Health Care Assistants see that all labs are processed and that the professional is notified of the results.
  9. Food Assistance:
    A Health Care Assistant must assist patients who are unable to feed themselves.
  10. Patient Monitoring:
    Health Care Assistants spend the most time with patients, meaning that they are continually monitoring and recording changes in patient health.

Perks of being a health care assistant:

  • Developing Close Relationships with Patients
  • Working in a Fast-Paced Environment
  • High Demand for Assistants and Job Security

Challenges that characterize this position include:

  • Work Overload and High Stress
  • Difficult or Ornery Patients
  • Coping with the Loss of a Patient

It is essential to consider the various types of work environment a Health Care Assistant has to work before pursuing a career in the same.

Potential employers include hospitals, nursing homes, and companies that provide in-home healthcare.
Regardless of the work environment, the following skills are highly valued for all Health Care Assistants:

  • Sensitivity and Empathy
  • Observation Skills
  • Willingness to Perform Personal Care Tasks
  • Ability to Follow Instructions
  • Positivity and Cheerfulness