Precautions Nursing Assistants Should Take

To protect your patients, you must take precautions so that you don’t spread any diseases to them. The most basic thing you can do is use universal precautions and practice proper hygiene.

Universal precautions are actions that are taken by anyone who comes in contact with a patient, whether they are sick or not. These include:

  • Using gloves when touching patients or their belongings (including bedding)
  • Wearing masks and eye protection when dealing with respiratory secretions from patients, such as mucus from the nose or saliva from coughing or sneezing
  • Washing hands frequently when caring for patients

Understanding their responsibilities under OSHA.

OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA is a federal agency that oversees workplace safety in the United States. The purpose of OSHA is to protect workers from job-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

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The way you can be sure you are following the law and staying safe is by understanding your responsibilities under OSHA. Some things to include in this section are:

  • What does OSHA require?
  • What does it not require?
  • Why nursing assistants need to understand their responsibilities under OSHA

Operating the lift equipment safely and effectively.

Operating the lift equipment safely and effectively.

  • Make sure you use the right size lift for the patient.
  • Ensure that the lift is properly adjusted to fit your body and meet your needs as well as those of your patient’s body type and size, such as:
  • The height of the bed rails should be appropriate to avoid injury if they bend or break during use (if applicable).
  • The mattress should rest flat on all four corners with no sagging in any area, which can cause a safety hazard if not corrected immediately because it may cause suffocation hazards when patients lie down on it since their heads will be lower than their feet; thus making them prone to fall off from this height differential leading possibly death by suffocation if not taken care immediately after noticing it happening before using then again afterward too!

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Following professional standards of practice at all times.

  • Be honest.
  • Be respectful.
  • Be accountable.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Be a good team player.
  • Be a good communicator.
  • Be a good problem solver.
  • Be a good leader and follower, mentor, student, and teacher all wrapped up in one!

Understanding the difference between a Nursing Assistant and a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.

A nursing assistant is not a nurse. A nursing assistant is not a medical assistant. As a certified nursing assistant, your role is to assist the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse with their duties on the floor.

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Nursing Assistants Requirements.

Nursing assistants are required to do more than just provide basic patient care, including helping with procedures, providing emotional support, and adhering to strict safety and health regulations. As a nursing assistant on the job, you’ll be involved in all aspects of patient care.

You will assist patients with activities of daily living such as bathing and grooming; provide companionship; help them eat; keep them clean, and monitor their condition.

You may also be responsible for assisting doctors or nurse practitioners with treatments or tests. Additionally, you must follow all rules set forth by your employer regarding confidentiality laws that apply specifically to this profession (which vary from state to state).

The following list outlines some duties that might be expected of a nursing assistant:

  • Give medications or injections according to doctor orders
  • Comfort patients during painful procedures such as injections or physical therapy exercises
  • Monitor vital signs (such as blood pressure) regularly throughout the day
  • Clean rooms after discharge from a hospital stay


These are just a few of the ways that nursing assistants can ensure the safety of their patients and themselves. If you have any questions about what else may be involved in your specific role as a nursing assistant, be sure to speak with your employer or someone from HR.

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