Nursing AssistantSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Nursing assistants work under the supervision of nurses in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, helping patients with basic everyday needs, such as general hygiene, feeding, dressing, and getting around. They also may make sure that patients are taking their medications as prescribed by the physician. Knowledge of some basic medical terms is a necessity. Nursing assistants must exercise patience, empathy, and compassion toward patients. They must have a passion for giving high-level care to patients. 

Nursing assistants change linen frequently, clean bedpans, and may also monitor patient vital signs, reporting any troubling symptoms to the nurse. Good communication skills are a must. A nursing assistant must have top-notch interpersonal skills to build a rapport with patients and the physical ability to assist and lift patients who suffer from mobility issues. Ensuring the safety, comfort, and physical and emotional well-being of patients is paramount for a nursing assistant. They need to be fully aware of HIPAA regulations to protect the patients’ information at all costs.

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About the job

The nurse assistant provides care to, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients under the supervision of the registered nurse. This care focuses on personal hygiene, nutritional needs and activities of daily living.


  • Registered on State of Iowa Nurse Aide registry listing as “Active” or eligible or currently enrolled in an A.D.N., BSN, program with successful completion of first semester of A.D.N. program, OR first year completion of nursing courses in BSN OR graduate of an A.D.N., BSN or LPN program.


  • Nursing Assistant experience preferred.

Completes the following mandatory courses

  • Must provide proof of Basic Life Support (BLS Healthcare Provider, American Heart Association; or American Red Cross, Professional Rescuer-LIVE class only) via current card prior to employment or within 60 days of hire and maintains current status.
  • Completes Mandatory Reporting: Child and Dependent Adult Abuse requirement within 6 months of hire and renews this requirement every 5 years.

All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of references, background checks, pre-employment physical, drug screen and post offer exam.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a nursing aide is $31,500 per year in the United States. Salary will vary based on location and years of experience. vary depending on where you are located, the size of the company you’re working for, and how experienced you are. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$37,800$51,150
Los Angeles, California$42,650$57,700
Denver, Colorado$35,530$48,050
Washington, DC$43,300$58,550
Miami, Florida$35,350$48,850
Orlando, Florida$32,600$44,150
Tampa, Florida$32,950$44,450
Atlanta, Georgia$34,550$45,750
Chicago, Illinois$39,700$53,750
Boston, Massachusetts$42,950$58,100
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$35,250$46,300
New York City, New York$45,200$61,000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$36,800$49,800
Dallas, Texas$35,850$48,500
Houston, Texas$35,700$48,300
Seattle, Washington$41,350$55,950
National Average$32,300$51,150

Sample interview questions

  • What are the top qualities to have as a nursing assistant?
  • Issues with patients can arise at times. If a patient is being difficult, how would you handle the situation?
  • Can you tell me about a time when you were in a stressful situation? How did you handle that?
  • Would you consider yourself self-motivated?
  • Can you tell me why you would be a good fit for this position?
  • What is your process like when you first arrive at your shift?
  • What has been your most meaningful experience at work?
  • What would you say the duties of a nursing aide are?
  • We get patients of all kinds. How would you handle it if a patient refuses care?
  • This job is physically and emotionally demanding. Are you able to keep up with the physical demands, even when it’s a night shift or holiday?
  • What’s the first thing you do when you enter a patient’s room?
  • Are you familiar with the medical equipment and software required for this job?

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