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Working As A Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant

  • 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 Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant 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 Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant

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 Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant Career Paths

Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Staff Nurse MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Program Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Care Associate 2.5 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.5 years
Nurse Technician 2.4 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant
Cashier 7.7%
Server 1.8%
Waitress 1.3%
Manager 1.1%
Volunteer 1.0%
Internship 1.0%
Top Careers After Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant
Cashier 3.4%
Server 1.2%
Nurse 1.1%

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Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

78.1%

Unknown

11.8%

Male

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.6%

French

8.8%

Dakota

2.1%

German

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Swedish

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Khmer

0.5%

Nepali

0.5%

Chinese

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Bosnian

0.5%

Carrier

0.5%

Polish

0.5%

Arabic

0.5%

Navajo

0.5%
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Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

Kaplan University

12.3%

Hutchinson Community College

7.5%

Metropolitan Community College

7.2%

Johnson County Community College

5.2%

ECPI University

5.2%

Wichita Area Technical College

5.0%

Southeast Community College Area

4.4%

Neosho County Community College

3.9%

Rasmussen College

3.7%

Kansas City Kansas Community College

3.4%

Ashford University

3.2%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.1%

Allen County Community College

3.1%

Remington College

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

Fort Scott Community College

3.0%

Iowa Western Community College

2.8%

Walden University

2.8%

Forsyth Technical Community College

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

40.6%

Medical Assisting Services

12.9%

Nursing Assistants

9.1%

Health Care Administration

6.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

5.3%

Business

5.2%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.5%

General Studies

2.4%

Psychology

2.1%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Pharmacy

1.2%

Social Work

1.2%

Human Services

1.2%

Management

1.0%

Biology

1.0%

Health Sciences And Services

0.9%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Education

0.8%

Nursing Science

0.7%
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Degrees

Other

45.8%

Associate

18.5%

Bachelors

13.0%

Certificate

10.2%

Diploma

5.1%

Masters

3.7%

License

3.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
St. Anthony Regional Hospital
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Utah
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
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The national average salary for a Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant in the United States is $26,457 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

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Top Skills for A Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant

  1. Vital Signs
  2. ADL
  3. Blood Pressure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Obtained vital signs and completed accurate documentation on electronic mars and shift communication logs.
  • Recorded on the residents ADL flow sheets, charted and signed for medications.
  • Monitored vital signs before giving blood pressure medications.
  • Review patient medical records for completeness, accuracy, and regulatory compliance.
  • Assisted residents with daily activities including physical exercise, mobility development, personal care and any additional needs.

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