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Working As A Certified Nursing Attendant

  • 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

  • $76,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Nursing Attendant 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 Attendant

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
Nursing Attendant 3.6 years
Nursing Home Aide 2.7 years
PRN 2.6 years
Attendant 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Certified Nursing Attendant
Cashier 6.9%
Volunteer 3.8%
Nurse 3.8%
Internship 2.3%
Top Careers After Certified Nursing Attendant
Nurse 4.1%
Cashier 4.1%
Internship 2.0%
Attendant 2.0%

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Top Skills for A Certified Nursing Attendant

  1. Patient Care
  2. Vital Signs
  3. ADL
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  • Demonstrate what it means to be part of a team and raise the bar for patient care.
  • Observe behavior and take vital signs including blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and breaths.
  • Charted patient information and ADL's, and ensured the safety and well being of patients at all time.
  • Bathed, groomed, shaved, dress, and/or draped patients to prepare them for surgery, treatment or examinations.
  • Communicate with the staff, residents and families concerning any issues or things needed for the residents.

Certified Nursing Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

65.4%

Unknown

19.9%

Male

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Cantonese

25.0%

Mandarin

12.5%

Bosnian

12.5%

French

12.5%
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Certified Nursing Attendant Education

Schools

Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

9.1%

Walden University

9.1%

Brookline College - Phoenix

6.1%

Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

6.1%

Lansing Community College

6.1%

Samuel Merritt University

6.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.1%

University of Phoenix

6.1%

West Coast University

6.1%

Bergen Community College

6.1%

Camden County College

6.1%

Chaffey College

3.0%

University of North Texas at Dallas

3.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.0%

University of Florida

3.0%

Martinez Adult Education

3.0%

Los Angeles Valley College

3.0%

Santa Fe Community College

3.0%

Georgetown University

3.0%

University of the West

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

55.0%

Nursing Assistants

6.7%

Medical Assisting Services

6.7%

Business

4.2%

Psychology

3.3%

Medical Technician

3.3%

Nursing Science

2.5%

Human Services

2.5%

General Studies

2.5%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Health And Wellness

1.7%

Social Work

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%

Sociology

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Public Health

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

0.8%

Food And Nutrition

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

27.1%

Bachelors

23.6%

Masters

16.0%

Associate

13.2%

Certificate

11.8%

Diploma

5.6%

License

2.1%

Doctorate

0.7%
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