Diploma in Health Assistant


Bethany Hospital, Shillong in 2010 started a Certified Vocational Course here in after called "Health Assistant" course. These Certified Health Assistants serve to bridge the gap in providing adequate Nursing care and work in tandem with the Staff Nurses of the ward. The first batch of students have all been employed in this Hospital and the outcome is extremely encouraging. These trained personnel who could efficiently perform such duties under the direct supervision of a Staff Nurse, thereby leaving more room for the latter to concentrate on the more finer aspect of the patients care and handling any situation more effectively as and when they arise.

Nongrim Hills, Shillong - 793003

Scope of Certified Health Assistance

Certified Health Assistant (CHA) provides a basic nursing service under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse (RN). Since the Health Assistant's curriculum encompasses a broad based syllabus, it is believed that such candidates can be employed in any health care related institutions/settings such as a Hospital, Nursing Home. Community Center, Hospice, School, Outpatient facility and so on.

Also, this is an area where aspirants to become Nurses can look for an alternative, who for some genuine reasons were not able to complete their HSSLC which is a pre-requisite for the GNM or BSc. Nursing Course, thereby, opening new avenues for employment to these candidates.

Due to lack of full training, a CHA does not have the powers and responsibilities of a Registered Nurse (RN) but gives the individual a good insight into the healthcare profession and serve the society as a whole.

Duties of Certified Health Assistance

The daily duties of a CHA depend on his/her work setting, and include the following:

  • Observe patients' conditions, measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output and reporting changes to Nursing Staff.
  • Monitoring vital signs including temperature, pulse, respiration and SpO2.
  • Answer patients' call signals.
  • Taking care of a patient's personal hygiene including hed bath, shaving, nail care etc.
  • Changing linens and making beds.
  • Keeping the patient's unit clean and tidy.
  • Positioning bed ridden patients to prevent bedsores.
  • Toilet assistance, emptying catheter bags.
  • Assist with catheterizations, suppositories, irrigations, enemas, massages, and douches, as directed by a physician or nurse.
  • Drape patients to prepare them for surgery. treatment, or examination.
  • Feed patients who are unable to feed themselves.
  • Assist patients with ambulating. exercising, and moving in and out of bed.
  • Assisting with range-of-motion exercises.
  • Collect specimens such as urine, faeces, or sputum for investigations.
  • Assist in preparing, sterilizing, and issuing supplies such as dressing packs and treatment trays.
  • Set up equipment such as oxygen tents, portable X-ray machines, and overhead irrigation bottles.