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Nurse Assistant or Patient Care Assistant

Becoming a nurse assistant or a patient care assistant requires less than a year of formal training beyond high school and can lead to several career opportunities. Keep reading to explore education and career options in this field.

Inside Nurse and Patient Care Assistant Careers

Nurse assistants and patient care assistants, also called nurse aides, work alongside physicians and nurses to provide basic health care. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), they deliver messages, serve meals, clean rooms, make beds, take a patient's pulse or blood pressure, give routine medications or take patients for treatments or tests (www.bls.gov). They may also dress, groom and bathe patients.

The BLS states that nurse assistants should be physically healthy, emotionally stable, dependable, patient, tactful, understanding and interested in helping people. They also should have good communication skills and be able to work as part of a team. If you feel this field may be a good fit for your career goals, check out the following resources from Study.com to learn more.

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