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Working As A Certified Medical Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $34,673

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Medical Aide Do

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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How To Become A Certified Medical Aide

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

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.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Average Length of Employment
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Hospice Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Aide 1.8 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.0%
Teller 2.1%
Waitress 1.9%
Internship 1.5%
Server 1.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.2%
Internship 2.3%
Manager 1.8%

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Certified Medical Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

85.5%

Male

12.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

67.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

8.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.5%

French

11.8%

Dakota

5.9%

Tagalog

5.9%
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Certified Medical Aide Education

Schools

Wichita State University

10.0%

Kaplan University

9.0%

Hutchinson Community College

7.5%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Wichita Area Technical College

6.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.5%

Navarro College

5.5%

Butler County Community College

5.0%

University of Maine at Augusta

4.5%

Moberly Area Community College

4.0%

Neosho County Community College

4.0%

Kansas City Kansas Community College

4.0%

Fort Scott Community College

4.0%

Kansas State University

3.5%

Wichita Technical Institute

3.5%

South Plains College

3.5%

Victoria College

3.5%

Barton County Community College

3.5%

Liberty University

3.5%

State Fair Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

28.8%

Medical Assisting Services

12.4%

Business

9.9%

Health Care Administration

7.7%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

5.9%

Nursing Assistants

5.6%

Psychology

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

General Studies

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Human Services

2.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Social Work

1.2%

Mental Health Counseling

1.1%

Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

41.5%

Bachelors

19.4%

Associate

18.1%

Certificate

8.6%

Masters

5.9%

License

3.2%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Certified Medical Aide

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  1. Vital Signs
  2. Facility Policy
  3. Blood Pressure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Distributed Medications to over 50 residents Obtain vital signs Destruction of medication
  • Administered medications and treatments according to physicians orders local state and federal laws and requirements and facility policy.
  • Take blood pressure and pulse and answer to supervisor in the form of status and progress reports as needed and directed.
  • Controlled and maintained quality of Medication Administration Records.
  • Provide therapeutic intervention and Personal Care Services to clients in an assisted living community.

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