A certified nursing assistant or cna helps patients with activities of daily living and other healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a registered nurse rn or licensed practical nurse lpn cnas are also commonly referred to as a nursing assistant patient care assistant pca or a nurses aid. Nursing assistants sometimes called nursing aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long term care facilities such as nursing homesorderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas duties nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. The nursing assistant role involves personal care duties such as bathing dressing shaving and feeding patients as well as oral care and other personal hygiene activities the nursing assistant also assists patients ambulating in and out of bed which may require the use of lifting equipment and or assist devices. Nursing assistant patient care technician the nurse assistant patient care technician occupation is one of a series of possible steps on a career ladder in the healthcare field nas pcts are an important member of a healthcare team they perform routine tasks in the general care of hospital clinic and nursing home patients
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