Profession nurse assistant

Healthcare assistants work in teams of nurses within the occupational fields of nursing, social care, clinical care and care of people of all age-groups. Healthcare assistants assist in the promotion and restoration of patients' health by providing physical and psychological support to patients, friends and families.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Person centred care

    The person centered care approach involves treating patients as equal partners in the planning and developing of care, patients and their needs being at the core of all decisions.

  • Nursing principles

    The ethics, the codes of conduct, the philosophy of nursing, the philosophy of human rights and nursing theories and concepts.

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Nursing science

    The factors that influence human health and the therapeutic interventions that promote health with the purpose to improve individual`s mental and physical health.

  • Hygiene in a health care setting

    The procedures related to maintaining a hygienic environment within a health care setting such as hospitals and clinics. It can range from hand washing to cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment used and infection control methods.

  • Disability care

    The specific methods and practices used in providing care to people with physical, intellectual and learning disabilities.

  • First aid

    The emergency treatment given to a sick or injured person in the case of circulatory and/or respiratory failure, unconsciousness, wounds, bleeding, shock or poisoning.

Skills

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Solve problems in healthcare

    Carry out actions, by previously identifying and analysing problems, that facilitate seeking the most beneficial solution for the patient, the family and the community, reaching objectives, improving outcomes and keeping the quality of their work.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Provide professional care in nursing

    Provide professional care, adequate to the health and nursing care needs of the individuals, families and groups, taking into account the scientific developments, as well as the quality and safety requirements established in accordance with the legal/professional conduct regulations.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Support nurses

    Support nurses with the preparation and delivery of diagnostic and treatment interventions.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice

    Apply quality standards related to risk management, safety procedures, patients feedback, screening and medical devices in daily practice, as they are recognized by the national professional associations and authorities.

  • Interact with healthcare users

    Communicate with clients and their carer’s, with the patient’s permission, to keep them informed about the clients’ and patients’ progress and safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Identify abnormalities

    Identify what is normal and abnormal concerning the well-being of patients, through experience and instruction, reporting to the nurses what is abnormal.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Apply nursing care in long-term care

    Enable the promotion and the development of nursing care in long term care, co-morbidity and in situations of dependency in order to maintain individuals’ personal autonomy and relationships with the environment in each moment of the health/illness process.

  • Provide basic support to patients

    Support patients and citizens with activities of daily living, such as hygiene, comfort, mobilisation and feeding needs.

  • Implement nursing care

    Implement nursing care when treating patients in order to improve professional practice.

  • Apply health sciences

    Apply a broad range of bio-medical, psycho-social, organisational, educational, and societal aspects of health, disease, and healthcare to improve healthcare services and to improve quality of life.

  • Implement fundamentals of nursing

    Implement the nursing theoretical and methodological fundamentals and principles, basic nursing interventions on scientific evidence and the resources available.

  • Monitor basic patients signs

    Monitor basic patient vital signs and other signs, taking actions as indicated by the nurse and report to her/him as appropriate.

  • Work with nursing staff

    Work together with nurses and other health professionals in supporting the delivery of basic patient care.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Communicate with nursing staff

    Communicate with nurses and other health professionals ensuring the delivery of quality and safe patient care.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Advise on healthcare users' informed consent

    Ensure patients/clients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of proposed treatments so they can give informed consent, engaging patients/clients in the process of their care and treatment.

  • Empathise with the healthcare user

    Understand the background of clients` and patients’ symptoms, difficulties and behaviour. Be empathetic about their issues; showing respect and reinforcing their autonomy, self-esteem and independence. Demonstrate a concern for their welfare and handle according to the personal boundaries, sensitivities, cultural differences and preferences of the client and patient in mind.

  • Plan nursing care

    Plan care, defining nursing objectives, deciding on nursing measures to be taken, paying attention to health education and preventative measures and ensuring continuity and fullness of care.

  • Apply sustainability principles in health care

    Take into account the sustainability principles in healthcare and strive for the rational use of resources.

  • Apply person-centred care

    Treat individuals as partners in planning, developing and assessing care, to make sure it is appropriate for their needs. Put them and their caregivers at the heart of all decisions.

Optional knowledge and skills

acute care disability types general medicine use electronic health records in nursing paediatrics medicines safe management of medicines distribute meals to patients pathology deal with emergency care situations innovation in nursing pharmacology human physiology resuscitation adolescence medicine end of life care promote a positive image of nursing palliative care primary care geriatrics human anatomy infection control

Common job titles

  • Nursing assistant - 6b (part-time)
  • Nursing assistant (med-surg)
  • Nursing assistant - external
  • Nursing assistant
  • Nursing assistant - internal
  • Nursing assistant-acute care
  • Nursing assistant - neurology care line
  • Nursing assistant, sterile processing service, temple, endoscopy
  • Nursing assistant-er (intermittent)
  • Nursing assistant-mental health