Things you do as a nursing assistant: answer call bells, prepare food trays, help the patients eat, clean rooms, and change bedding.
You will have to help turn patients who cannot turn over in bed, and move patients by wheelchair or gurney. You may also give medications as directed by a supervising nurse.
You will have to have these skills: good communication, reasoning and problem solving. You will have to manage oneself, people, time, and things.
You will have to walk or run for long periods of time, bending or twisting your body, and possibly stand for a long period of time.
The working conditions require that you have to have a high level of social interaction with patients, vistors, nurses, and other staff members. You have to wear uniforms, and always work indoors. You must be exact in your work.
The average wage for a nursing assistant in Minnesota is $27,850 per year. That may included health insurance and a retirement plan.
Helpful classes you should take in high school: health education, introduction to health care, medical office, and nursing.