Nursing Assistant Trainees 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Nursing Assistant works under the guidance of the Director of Nursing and supervision of the licensed nurse to provide direct resident care. The Nursing Assistant will serve as a team member to promote optimal resident care.

REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing. In the absence of the Director of Nursing, reports to the Assistant Director of Nursing.



Training and Registration Required:

  • Successful completion of Chapters I, II, V, VI, VII in the Nursing Assistant long term care training program and enrolled in a 75 hour Nursing Assistant Training Course. 10-15 shifts orientation with a responsible Nursing Assistant Registered
  • Eligibility for employment after criminal background study, per guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality with all information relating to residents.
  • Ability to manage own time in order to accomplish assigned duties.
  • Ability to competently perform Nursing Assistant skills.


Care Delivery


  • Provide direct resident care in accordance with the philosophy, policies and procedures of the Nursing Department.
  • Use knowledge of resident rights in all resident situations.
  • Complete duties identified in each resident care plan. Duties include but are not limited to:
    • Bathing residents (bedbath, Partial baths, AM/PM cares)
    • Feeding residents (food, fluids)
    • Toileting residents per directions in care plan
    • Performing perineal care
    • Performing grooming activities (hair care, nail care, foot care, oral care, shaving facial hair)
    • Shampooing resident’s hair
    • Measuring intake and output
    • Transferring residents utilizing appropriate supportive devices (transfer belt)
    • Assisting residents with ambulation using transfer belt unless resident is independent with full weight bearing ability
    • Assisting Certified Nursing Assistants with resident transfers using both the full and stand-up mechanical lifts; pre-trainer may be the 2nd person on this type of transfer but will not run the lift independently
    • Turning and positioning residents using precautions as identified by the Rehabilitation Department
    • Making unoccupied beds
    • Dressing and undressing (including footwear)
    • Care for skin
    • Report to station charge nurse:
      • Changes in residents’ status (physical and/or behavioral)
      • Residents’ responses to care
      • Unusual occurrences or observations
      • Problems with completion of assignment
      • When ready to leave at end of shift
    • Complete required documentation


    • Answer any resident’s call light promptly.
    • Plan/assist with transportation of any resident to activities and therapies.
    • Maintain residents’ rooms/equipment (clean, orderly, safe).
    • Maintain adequate supplies in residents’ rooms needed to complete cares.


    • Follow facility emergency plans during drills and in the event of an emergency.
    • Follow Nursing Department policy for wearing and using transfer belt.
    • Engage brakes on bed, wheelchair, and other transport devices during transfers.
    • Use good body mechanics.
    • Perform warm up stretches prior to start of shift.
    • Report equipment repair/maintenance needs/safety hazards.
    • Report all resident incidents and accidents immediately.
    • Report any personal injury immediately.
    • Use standard precautions and infection control practices.
    • Follow St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center Vulnerable Adult Policy.

    Public Relations

    • Demonstrate positive working relationship with coworkers and other departments.
    • Use effective communication with residents, families, visitors, coworkers and other health care professionals.
    • Promote positive image of St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.
    • Address resident/staff issues in private.
    • Abide by Nursing Department dress code.
    • Wear nametag at all times.


    • Attend in-service activities to improve knowledge and skills and maintain competency.
    • Participate in St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center continuous quality improvement efforts.




    Nursing stations


    Physical Expectations

    • Ability to frequently bend, squat, crouch, kneel, and push/pull.
    • Ability to occasionally reach above shoulder level.
    • Ability to carry up to 35 pounds.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 to 60 pounds.
    • Ability to understand and use GOOD BODY MECHANICS.


    This Job Description subject to review and modification as needed.

    St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer