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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

  • $79,226

    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
Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Charge Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Respiratory Therapist
Director Of Clinical Education
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Social Worker Medical Social Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Service Representative Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Unit Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Nurse 5.9 years
Registered Nurse 5.2 years
Head Nurse 4.2 years
Monitor Technician 3.1 years
General Duty Nurse 3.1 years
Nurse 3.1 years
EKG Technician 2.8 years
Technician 2.6 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
Nurse Technician 2.0 years
Student Nurse 1.4 years
Nurse Extern 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Nurse Technician
Cashier 6.6%
Internship 3.0%
Volunteer 2.9%
Teller 2.2%
Server 2.1%
Top Careers After Nurse Technician
Staff Nurse 10.5%
Nurse 4.7%
Cashier 1.6%
Internship 1.4%

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Nurse Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

82.2%

Male

16.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Black or African American

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.8%

French

13.3%

Portuguese

3.5%

Russian

2.9%

German

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Hindi

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Swahili

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Hungarian

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%
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Nurse Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.9%

Midlands Technical College

8.1%

Wichita State University

6.2%

Walden University

6.0%

Southeastern Louisiana University

5.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.3%

University of Central Florida

4.9%

Grand Canyon University

4.8%

University of Kentucky

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.4%

South Plains College

4.4%

South University

4.4%

Tulsa Community College

4.2%

Central New Mexico Community College

4.2%

Tennessee State University

4.0%

Grand Valley State University

4.0%

University of South Alabama

3.7%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

59.5%

Nursing Assistants

6.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

Business

4.3%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Psychology

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.1%

General Studies

1.9%

Biology

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Family Practice Nursing

1.5%

Nursing Science

1.1%

Social Work

1.0%

Education

0.9%

Clinical Psychology

0.9%

Public Health

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Management

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.0%

Other

27.5%

Associate

19.0%

Masters

12.8%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

2.6%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Nurse Technician

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Independent Living
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  • Monitored patient vital signs routinely.
  • Monitor and record vital signs, height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration.
  • Operated Glucometer and Electrocardiograph Performed various office and clerical functions, including MS Word, MS Excel Independent Living Group Residence
  • Assisted patients in returning to their maximum potential after a neurological or orthopedic incident.
  • Set up rooms with suctioning device, temperature probe, pressure cuff, EKG, and respiratory monitoring for new admissions.

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