Nursing Assistant Law and Legal Definition

Nursing assistant means an individual who under close supervision provides direct bedside care to patients and assist patients with activities of daily living. They generally assist the professional nursing personnel in providing patient care.

The duties performed by nursing assistants include: giving personal care to patients such as bathing and shampooing, preparing patients for meals and assisting them with meals, monitoring patients' pressure, recording vital signs such as temperature and blood of patients, assisting patients in and out of chairs and wheelchairs, assisting patients in collecting specimens, and transporting patients to other areas.

Nursing assistant is the entry level class in nursing services.