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Working As a Nurse Technician

  • 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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Nurse Technician 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 Nurse Technician

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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Nurse Technician Career Paths

Nurse Technician
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
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Specialist Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Nurse MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Student Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Clinic Registered Nurse Clinical Supervisor Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Nurse Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nursing Attendant 3.6 years
Monitor Technician 3.5 years
Unit Assistant 2.9 years
Health Technician 2.8 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Nurse Technician 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Nurse Technician
Cashier 7.4%
Volunteer 2.6%
Internship 2.4%
Server 2.3%
Top Careers After Nurse Technician
Nurse 4.0%
Cashier 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Health First
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Nurse Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Nurse Technician in the United States is $35,611 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

Top Skills for A Nurse Technician

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Patient Care
  3. RN
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided basic patient care monitoring including obtaining and documenting vital signs.
  • Performed direct patient care nursing tasks under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and performed various tasks as competency documentation designated.
  • Work occasionally required internal contacts outside the work group to exchange relevant information.
  • Reported elevated temperature and abnormal blood pressure.
  • Maintained working knowledge of proper use of life-support equipment, including EKG, external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators.

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Top 10 Best States for Nurse Technicians

  1. West Virginia
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Maine
  5. Hawaii
  6. Idaho
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Vermont
  9. Minnesota
  10. Alabama
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Nurse Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

73.3%

Male

14.9%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Black or African American

14.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.4%

French

12.6%

Portuguese

4.7%

Russian

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Italian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

German

1.6%

Swedish

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Swahili

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Gujarati

0.4%
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Nurse Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Midlands Technical College

7.1%

South University

5.9%

Walden University

5.8%

Grand Valley State University

5.4%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.6%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.6%

Wichita State University

4.5%

Chamberlain College of Nursing

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Tulsa Community College

4.2%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Tennessee State University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.8%

Oakland University

3.7%

The Academy

3.5%
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Majors

Nursing

59.8%

Nursing Assistants

5.6%

Medical Assisting Services

5.4%

Business

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Psychology

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.9%

General Studies

1.8%

Nursing Science

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.4%

Family Practice Nursing

1.1%

Public Health

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Social Work

0.9%

Education

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Human Services

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

29.9%

Other

27.0%

Associate

19.8%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

3.2%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.8%
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