Special Qualities of Licensed Nursing Assistants

licensed nursing assistantTo become a Licensed Nursing Assistant in New Hampshire, you need to be a special sort of person. Nursing assistants have jobs that are physically demanding and emotionally demanding at the same time. They give an incredible amount of energy, attention, and compassion to their patients as they work to provide for their basic needs and comfort.  

Imagine being in a hospital or a nursing home after an operation. You might be unable to walk or unable to sit up on your own. You might need help getting dressed or combing your hair. Who is there to help you? Most likely, it is a nursing assistant. Nursing assistants play a very important role in serving patients and helping them accomplish their basic tasks of daily living.

But the job is not just full of challenges. It also brings rewards. Many nursing assistants work with long-term care patients over a period of many months or even years. Unlike other nursing positions where you might see your patients only occasionally, nursing assistants get to know their patients on a personal level and can develop lasting bonds with them.

Where do nursing assistants find jobs?
Where do nursing assistants work? Most nursing assistants work in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, and rehabilitation centers, while some also work in hospitals and others work directly in patients’ homes. In most cases, the patients they serve are elderly. Some nursing assistants also work with patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities. Whatever the case, the nursing assistants are there to help improve the quality of life for the patients.

What do nursing assistants do?
What are some of the day-to-day tasks? Some of the job responsibilities may include feeding patients, helping them get dressed, assisting with personal hygiene, helping to move patients from bed to wheelchair, keeping the patient rooms neat and clean, and assisting the nursing staff with any additional responsibilities that are needed.

What are the qualities of a good nursing assistant?
To shoulder this sort of responsibility, a special person is needed. Here are some of the qualities that most nursing assistants have:

  • A desire to help patients and improve their quality of life
  • Patience with older patients who may move more slowly
  • A sense of compassion and understanding for people who are not well
  • Kindheartedness and concern for patients with dementia
  • A willingness help where help is needed
  • An interest in developing positive relationships with your patients
  • Good listening skills and compassion in responding to patient concerns.

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied health wishes to recognize all of our students and graduates who have participated in our licensed nursing assistant training program. Remember, your patients appreciate you, and you are helping to make the world a better place!

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, NH, offers a licensed nursing assistant training program that prepares students for careers in long-term care facilities, home care, rehabilitation centers, and acute care hospitals. The program is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

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