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Patient Care Assistant

 Daily Tasks
Assists nursing staff with patient care in the hospital setting. Duties include monitoring vital signs, assisting in feeding and bathing patients and escorting patients to tests.
Communications skills, positive personality, human relations skills, multitasking, self-motivated, ability to work independently, ability to work with a team, professional image, respect diversity, flexibility, honesty and caring attitude towards people.
 Work Setting
Hospital nursing units.
 Work Hours
Varied schedule including day, evening and night shifts, along with weekend and holiday hours.
Complete both a long-term nursing assistant class and hospital nursing assistant class through a vocational school; or, have completed the required portion of a RN program; or, have nursing assistant experience in a hospital setting.
Candidates must become certified in basic cardiac life support.
 Recommended High School Classes
Computer applications, food and nutrition, healthcare sciences, biology, anatomy/physiology, algebra, physical education, second language, and psychology

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