General Duty Assistant (GDA)

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A General Duty Assistant can grow through promotions, experience and education to the profile of a Clinical Nurse Supervisor and finally achieve the position of a Head Nurse .
Potential employers include large hospitals, private clinics and medical research institutes. As far as the demand of healthcare professionals is concerned, technicians and the paramedics account for over 75% of the increasing human resource recruitment. This clearly shows that there is sufficient scope of growth in the career of a General Duty Assistant. When we talk about the career oriented nursing programs, General Duty Assistant is one career you cannot resist.
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.

The Duties of a General Duty Assistant

  • General Duty Assistants, commonly known as Nursing Care Assistants, Nursing Assistants, Nursing Aides, Bedside Assistants or Orderlies are required to take care of patients’ daily care, medication, safety and comfort.
  • They are the ones who ensure and maintain a suitable environment for the patients during the recovery period.
  • General Duty Assistants also make sure that the patients are fed with a healthy and well-balanced diet.
  • 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 behavior. The individual should be willing to work in wards or clinics in shifts.

SUB-SECTOR: Allied Health & Paramedics
OCCUPATION: General Duty Assistant
General Duty Assistant – Healthcare (GDA) are also known as “Nursing Care Assistants”, “Nursing Assistant” , “Nursing Aides”, “Bedside Assistants” or “Orderlies” when working in a hospital environment.


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