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General Duty Assistant - Healthcare (GDA) are also known as “Nursing Care Assistant”, “Nursing Assistant” , “Nursing Aide”, “Bedside Assistant” or “Orderlie” when working in a hospital environment.

Brief Job Description: Individual on the job provides patient care and help maintain a suitable environment. Some of the key responsibilities of the General Duty Assistant are to provide patient’s daily care, patient’s comfort, patient’s safety and patient’s health needs.

Personal Attributes: This job requires the individual to work in collaboration with Doctors and Nurses and other healthcare providers and deliver the healthcare services as suggested by them. The individual should be result oriented. The individual should also be able to demonstrate basic patient care skills, communication skills and ethical behaviour. The individual should be willing to work in wards or clinics in shifts.

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Assist nurse in bathing patient

Assist nurse in grooming the patient

Assist patient in dressing-up

Support individuals to eat and drink

Assist patient in maintaining normal elimination

Transferring patient within the hospital

Communicating appropriately with co-workers

Prevent and control infection

Assist nurse in performing procedures as instructed in the care plan

Assist nurse in observing and reporting change in patient condition

Assist nurse in measuring patient parameters accurately

Respond to patient’s call

Clean medical equipment under supervision of nurse

Transport patient samples, drugs, patient documents and manage changing and transporting laundry/   linen on the floor

Carry out last office (death care)

Act within the limits of your competence and authority

Work effectively with others

Manage work to meet requirements

Maintain a safe, healthy and secure environment

Practice Code of conduct while performing duties

Follow biomedical waste disposal protocols