Nursing Assistant Trainee (#RH3000)
$16.28-$19.78 Hourly / $2,821.00-$3,428.94 Monthly / $33,852.00-$41,147.31 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, learns to perform unlicensed assistive work in caring for the sick and disabled; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the trainee level class in the Nursing Assistant series. In classroom and clinical settings, employees in this class learn to follow clearly established procedures in assisting licensed and professional nursing and medical staff in patient care. Incumbents do not administer medication or perform sterile procedures. Work is closely monitored by professional nursing or medical staff and does not require licensing.


  • Learns to perform routine work in the care of patients, including the following: making beds; changing linens; giving baths and rubs; caring for incontinent patients; lifting, moving and transporting patients; cares for personal effects of patients.
  • Learns to measure and record patient intake and output of foods and fluids, collect urine, stool and sputum specimens, test urine and record results; and give non-medicated enemas.
  • Learns to assist professional staff in performing tests, procedures and examinations of patients; may learn to monitor patients in critical care units.
  • Serves trays, feeds patients, and removes trays.
  • Learns to take and record vital signs including temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.
  • Assists in maintaining patient unit in a neat and clean manner; maintains supplies; removes soiled linen and re-stocks supplies.
  • May assist in a central supply unit; cleans, sterilizes, packages, sets up and distributes medical equipment, linen and related supplies.
  • Learns to administer CPR, use resuscitation equipment and administer first aid.
  • Keeps routine records and reports.
  • Participates in staff development training programs.


Basic arithmetic, basic hygiene and health.


Work well with others, learn to attend to the personal needs of the physically and mentally ill; deal with patients sympathetically and tactfully; follow oral and written instructions in exact detail; utilize advanced office equipment and computers; lift and move patients; benefit from training; accurately keep routine records and reports; practice excellent customer relations.


Mobility-Operations of a data entry device; constant walking required; frequent pushing/pulling; constant bending/squatting; occasional stair climbing; Lifting-Constant lifting duties required of 5-70+lbs.; constant restraining, lifting/turning of heavy objects and/or people; Vision-Constant reading and close-up work; Dexterity-Constant holding, reaching, grasping and writing; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing and talking in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Occasional exposure to grief and trauma; constant public contact; Special Requirements-May require working nights, weekends and overtime; Environmental-Frequent contact with hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH3000; EST: 9/23/1981; REV: 11/13/2002;