General Duty Assistant (GDA) is also known as “Nursing Care Assistants”, “Nursing Assistants”, “Nursing Aides”, in all formats of healthcare setups. General Duty Assistant provides patient’s daily care, patient’s comfort, patient’s safety and assist the patient to meet their health needs. They should practice infection control policy and know right methods of bio medical waste management. GDA works in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers to deliver the prescribed healthcare services to their patients.
General Duty Assistants should demonstrate basic patient care skills, communication skills, and ethical behaviour at all times. He / She should know their work limits and maintains work operations by laid down policies and procedures. GDA has many career options and can grow to take on more responsibility, similar to an entry level nurse, work independently even as a home nurse.
General duty assistant (GDA) course is NSQF Level 4, Government of India recognized certificate course by Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) under the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC).
This job requires skills in reading, writing and communication skills, ability to plan and prioritize, quality consciousness, safety orientation, high precision and sensitivity to problem solving and sensitivity towards safety for self, patients and equipments.
In all private healthcare setups which include Multi speciality hospitals, Nursing Homes, Clinics, Doctor’s Chambers, private organisation staff health centre, Nursing providing institutions etc. The job opportunities are always higher than the trained skilled work force.