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Nurses Aide/Nursing Assistant
Wherever there is a need for personal care, nursing assistants (NA), or nurses’ aides, are there. Nursing assistants work in nursing homes, assisted living, Hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings.
Nursing assistants help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks. They work under a nurse's supervision, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in the lives of their patients and in keeping the nurse up to date on vital information about the patients' conditions.
Nursing assistants provide assistance with such tasks as:
All states require nursing assistants who work in nursing homes to pass a state test, be state-approved and be listed on the state registry. Nursing assistants may be certified (CNA), registered (RNA), licensed (LNA) or state tested and approved (STNA).
The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants has more information about a career as a CNA. You can also watch a video profile of nursing aides, orderlies and attendants (located in the Health Science category).
Due to staffing shortages in recent years, a vast majority of nursing assistants find themselves in the challenging position of attempting to provide quality care for far too many patients at once. The turnover rate for nursing assistants is high, due largely to the job's heavy workload and physical demands.
Salaries for this career vary from state to state, and even in differing work environments. Hourly wages can range from $8.80 to $16.99.
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Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.
A registered nurse generally teaches the classes. The length of training depends on the program. The classes offer the basics of what to expect with the job; however, this is a career in which skill levels and confidence dramatically improve once the nursing assistant becomes involved in the daily routine of actual caregiving.
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Last updated: August 28, 2015
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