What does a Nursing Assistant do?
Nursing Assistants take care of the personal care needs of their patients to improve their quality of life. They ensure that patients are comfortable and well cared for and perform a range of household tasks as well as personal grooming and healthcare duties. They may work in a facility, such as a care home, where they assist Registered Nurses and other healthcare staff. They may also visit people in their homes as part of a team of assistants that help their patients to live independently.
Nursing Assistant skills and qualifications
There are no specific qualifications required for Nursing Assistants, but candidates need good numeracy and literacy skills such as GCSEs in Maths and English or A-levels. A healthcare qualification such as an NVQ or BTEC typically gives a candidate an advantage as does an HNC. A successful Nursing Assistant candidate will have various prerequisite skills that make them suitable such as:
- Excellent communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Abilities of observation
- The ability to work well within a team
- Computer skills including accurate data entry
- Customer service skills
- Excellent listening skills
Nursing Assistant experience requirements
Experience of healthcare is an asset to a Nursing Assistant candidate, but this can be in a voluntary capacity or a paid role. There is a range of suitable apprenticeships in health and social care or healthcare science that offer the chance to gain experience in the field through work placements. Any position where a candidate has developed customer service skills is a bonus.
Nursing Assistant education and training requirements
Nursing Assistants need to be numerate and literate, with GCSEs in Maths and English or equivalent, or A-levels. Candidates who have completed apprenticeships or higher education courses in Health and Social Care and have had hands-on experience and relevant training are also considered for this position. Certification from The Royal College of Nursing, The Nursing and Midwifery Council or other relevant accreditation body is also helpful.
Nursing Assistant salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Nursing Assistant is £19,190 per year depending on the setting in which they work and their level of experience.
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