Nursing Assistants are persons who assist nurses in the provision of nursing care. They assist the PwD in daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, positioning, transferring, ambulating, feeding, and toileting. Nursing assistants do not perform any clinical function like measuring vital signs, drug administration etc. They live with PwD in the block. Nursing Assistants of similar gender are provided to each PwD on one to one basis.
In the absence of specialised cadre of Nursing assistants, NIKISA recruits matriculates and trains them to perform their role effectively. Apart from ensuring personal hygiene they are trained some basis skills. Some of the skills imparted to them are given below;
The issue of Nursing assistants wearing an uniform was examined in detail and it was felt that it is better to post Nursing Assistants with comfortable uniforms to take care of PwD. Nursing assistant lives with the PwD on 24 X 7 basis. Nursing assistants do not perform any clinical functions. They are performed by Nurses.