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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

  • $26,000

    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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Certified Medical Aide Career Paths

Certified Medical Aide
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medication Aide Registered Nurse Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medication Aide Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medication Aide Med Technician Senior Technician Specialist
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Technician School Nurse Licensed Practical Nurse/Supervisor
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Cab Driver Lead Cook
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Psychiatric Aide 3.5 years
Health Aide 2.5 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.5 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Hospice Aide 2.4 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Emeritus 1.8 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Patient Sitter 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Certified Medical Aide
Cashier 8.6%
Waitress 1.4%
Server 1.3%
Manager 1.2%
Top Careers After Certified Medical Aide
Cashier 3.6%

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Top Skills for A Certified Medical Aide

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Facility Policy
  3. Medication Pass
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted and recorded vital signs every day before medications given.
  • Dispensed medications and administered treatments to residents according to physician's orders and in accordance with facility policy.
  • Administered medications to residents according to medication pass regulations, following the six rights of the patients.
  • Administered client's medications Monitored and supervised ADL's, chart daily V.S.
  • Provide therapeutic intervention and Personal Care Services to clients in an assisted living community.

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Certified Medical Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

77.3%

Male

12.3%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.8%

French

6.1%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Tagalog

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%
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Certified Medical Aide Education

Schools

Kaplan University

9.3%

Hutchinson Community College

8.5%

University of Phoenix

7.7%

Wichita State University

7.4%

Wichita Area Technical College

7.1%

Kansas City Kansas Community College

6.8%

Allen County Community College

5.5%

Neosho County Community College

5.2%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Victoria College

4.1%

Kansas State University

3.8%

Metropolitan Community College

3.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.6%

Navarro College

3.6%

Tyler Junior College

3.3%

Wichita Technical Institute

3.3%

Johnson County Community College

3.3%

Austin Community College

3.3%

Fort Scott Community College

3.3%

Metro Technology Centers

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

32.6%

Medical Assisting Services

10.2%

Business

8.3%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

7.3%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Nursing Assistants

6.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

4.7%

Psychology

3.6%

General Studies

3.3%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Human Services

1.9%

Social Work

1.3%

Management

1.3%

Accounting

1.2%

Biology

1.1%

Health Sciences And Services

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.0%
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Degrees

Other

44.4%

Associate

18.1%

Bachelors

16.8%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

4.7%

Diploma

3.5%

License

3.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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What do you like the most about working as Certified Medical Aide?

Being a Certified Medication Aide you really get to know the people that you are caring for and I believe in order to be a successful CMA knowing the patients is vital!.. Show More

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The pay for me wasn't great. I was being payed minimum wage and put in well more than 120 hours every two weeks. A pay raise would have been nice, but overall it was the residence that kept me around..... Show More

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