The General Duty Assistant (GDA) program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide support to nurses, doctors as well as other healthcare team members in ensuring quality care to the patients. The program focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to provide support by undertaking non-clinical tasks or the activities that that have been directed by the healthcare team members.
The program aims at making a student complete to perform the following skills
Every healthcare setting big or small needs GDAs to undertake and manage non-clinical activities within a healthcare setting (eg. Patient sample transportation, documentation, infection control and cleanliness).
The GDA program is thus a platform for gaining knowledge, understand the operations and types of services provided by a healthcare setting. The GDA can progress to take up similar profile such as Home Health Aide, Nursing Aide and assistants or can also have vertical progression by taking up more responsibilities such as GDA supervisor, Floor supervisor etc after adequate experience.