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Working As A Medical 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

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical 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 Medical 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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Top Skills for A Medical Attendant

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Patient Care
  3. Daily Living Activities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate.
  • Opened and closed proper procedures of office, Assisted with primary Physicians and Specialists for patient care in any procedures required.
  • Distribute Medication Including Injections & Wound Care Assist With All Daily Living Activities
  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
  • Schedule and transport patients to laboratory and other medical appointments.

Medical Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

60.4%

Male

24.0%

Unknown

15.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

15.0%

Asian

4.8%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

German

33.3%

Arabic

11.1%

French

11.1%
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Medical Attendant Education

Schools

Remington College

10.6%

University of Phoenix

10.6%

Daytona State College

6.4%

Tyler Junior College

6.4%

University of Texas at Dallas

6.4%

Keiser University

6.4%

Regis University

4.3%

Louisiana State University at Shreveport

4.3%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

4.3%

Radford University

4.3%

Sierra College

4.3%

Texas A&M University - Commerce

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Northeast Texas Community College

4.3%

Panola College

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

American University

4.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.1%

ITT Technical Institute-Salem (Oregon)

2.1%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

22.4%

Nursing

11.9%

Business

9.7%

Health Care Administration

8.2%

General Studies

6.7%

Medical Technician

6.0%

Education

4.5%

Psychology

3.7%

Political Science

3.0%

Medicine

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.2%

Human Development

2.2%

Physical Therapy

2.2%

English

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Public Health

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Biology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

37.9%

Bachelors

23.2%

Associate

13.3%

Certificate

8.9%

Masters

7.4%

Diploma

6.4%

Doctorate

2.0%

License

1.0%
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