Care for ill, injured or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts
Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action
Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them
Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration
Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging or performing catheterizations