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Become A Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor

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Working As A Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor

  • 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

  • $63,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor 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 Nursing Assistant Instructor

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 Nursing Assistant Instructor Career Paths

Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse Staff Nurse Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse Staff Nurse Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse School Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Office Manager Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Office Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Lead Medical Assistant Practice Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Staff Development Coordinator Unit Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Administrator Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Program Director
Department Director
6 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Unit Manager Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator Case Manager Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
MDS Coordinator House Supervisor House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
School Nurse Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nursing Attendant 3.6 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Staff Nurse 13.8%
Cashier 9.5%
Volunteer 3.7%
Nurse 3.6%
Internship 2.5%
Top Careers After Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Cashier 5.9%
Nurse 3.3%
Volunteer 2.7%
Internship 1.7%
Instructor 1.6%

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Top Skills for A Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Daily Living Care
  3. Patient Self-Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Displayed excellent clinical skills in assessing and monitoring vital signs as well as strong understanding of medical terminology.
  • Assisted nurse and other staff with all aspects of daily living care for patients.
  • Promoted and encouraged patient self-care.
  • Recorded input/output, blood pressure, respiratory rates, complaints and changes in the person.
  • Instructed in proper documentation of personal care performed.

Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

72.3%

Male

14.4%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.5%

French

6.5%

Hindi

3.2%

Filipino

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Marathi

3.2%

Burmese

3.2%

Bengali

3.2%

Tagalog

3.2%

Hebrew

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.1%

Grand Canyon University

9.4%

Vance-Granville Community College

6.6%

Weber State University

5.7%

Argosy University-Phoenix

5.7%

Excelsior College

5.7%

Winston-Salem State University

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.7%

A-Technical College

4.7%

Capella University

4.7%

University of South Florida

3.8%

San Diego State University

3.8%

Walden University

3.8%

Southwestern Community College

3.8%

South University

3.8%

Park University

2.8%

Avila University

2.8%

Augusta Technical College

2.8%

Lower Columbia College

2.8%

Immaculata University

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

49.0%

Nursing Assistants

18.4%

Business

4.6%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

3.1%

Psychology

2.2%

General Studies

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.7%

Biology

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Management

1.3%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Clinical Psychology

1.2%

Public Health

1.0%

Mental Health Counseling

0.6%

Nursing Science

0.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.6%

Medical Technician

0.6%
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Degrees

Other

35.7%

Bachelors

20.8%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

12.6%

Masters

11.4%

Diploma

2.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

License

1.8%
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