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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.
Hispanic or Latino10.2%
Black or African American0.8%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix18.0%
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater6.0%
Sinclair Community College5.8%
Community College of Allegheny County5.8%
Grand Canyon University4.6%
Eastern Kentucky University4.5%
Wake Technical Community College4.3%
Youngstown State University3.9%
Bluegrass Community and Technical College3.7%
Columbus State Community College3.6%
Grand Rapids Community College3.4%
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College3.3%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania3.1%
University of Cincinnati3.0%
Owens Community College2.8%
Ohio University -2.7%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Nursing Aide||Rodica C. Nicula||Scottsdale, AZ||Mar 01, 2010||$82,228|
|Nursing Aide/Assistant||Lonika's Place||Mission Viejo, CA||Jun 05, 2008||$47,897|
|Nurse Aid||Starbright Employment Agency, Inc.||NY||Sep 04, 2008||$33,475|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*||Creative Care Adult Family Home Inc.||Lake Forest Park, WA||Feb 07, 2013||$33,392 -
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*||New York Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing||NY||Oct 29, 2013||$32,760|
|Nursing Aides||OMV Medical, Inc.||Takoma Park, MD||Mar 17, 2010||$32,536|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendant||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Feb 13, 2008||$30,595|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||May 02, 2008||$30,575|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Nov 30, 2007||$30,575|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Dec 04, 2007||$30,575|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Dec 06, 2007||$30,575|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Jan 17, 2008||$30,575|
|Nursing Aide, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Dec 27, 2007||$30,575|
|Nursing Aide, Orderlies & Attendants||San Tomas Convalescent||San Jose, CA||Mar 24, 2008||$30,575|
|Nursing Aides||Medway Country Manor, Inc.||Medway, MA||Mar 24, 2008||$27,778|
|Nursing Aide||Lassen Guest Home II||Redding, CA||Mar 03, 2009||$27,653|
|Nursing Aide||Bustos Board and Care Home||San Francisco, CA||Feb 20, 2009||$27,653|
|Nursing Aide||Valley View Health Care & Rehabilitation Center||Frenchtown, NJ||Aug 31, 2009||$27,528 -
|Nursing Aide||Valley View Health Care & Rehabilitation Center||Frenchtown, NJ||Aug 26, 2009||$27,528 -
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants||Bridgeway Inc. D/B/A Bridgeway Care Center||Bridgewater, NJ||Oct 22, 2012||$27,500|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants||Bridgeway Inc. D/B/A Bridgeway Care Center||Bridgewater, NJ||Sep 04, 2012||$27,500|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants||Country Arch Care Center||NJ||Jun 24, 2008||$27,131 -
|Nursing Aide||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Sep 28, 2015||$22,000|
|Nursing Aide||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Sep 03, 2015||$22,000|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Aug 16, 2013||$22,000|
|Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants*||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Aug 19, 2013||$22,000|
|Nursing Aide||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Sep 29, 2015||$22,000|
|Nursing Aide||Independence Manor at Hunterdon||NY||Sep 24, 2015||$22,000|
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