Nursing Assistants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Nursing assistances help provide basic care and help patients with the activities of daily living. Some duties of a nursing assistant may include:
- Help patients use the toilet and dress
- Clean and bathe the patient
- Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Measure the patient’s vital signs
- Serve meals and help patients eat
- Some nursing assistants may dispense medication depending on their training level and the state in which they work.
Nursing Assistant Salaries
The median annual pay for a Nursing Assitant in 2015 was $25,710 a year or $12.36 an hour. The lowest 10% of nursing assistants earned less than $19,390 while the highest 10% earned more than $36,890.
Nursing Assistant Basics
In 2014, there were 1,492,100 jobs for nursing assistants. The typical level of education that most Nursing Assistants needed to enter this field was an entry-level education with a state-approved education program.
Nursing Assistant Environment
- 41% worked in nursing care facilities
- 25% worked in hospitals, either state, local, or private
- 11% worked in residential care facilities
- 5% worked in home health care services
- 4% worked in government settings
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.
Nursing Assistants must also sit for and pass the CNA certification exam. Study aids such as study guides, flashcards, and practice questions from Mometrix are a great way to prepare for the CNA certification exam.