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Working As A PRN

  • 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

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A PRN 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 PRN

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 PRN

  1. Occupational Therapy Services
  2. Patient Care
  3. Physical Therapy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided occupational therapy services while following POC in order to facilitate patient performing at highest level of independence.
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary team to provide the most effective quality focused patient care utilizing available resources.
  • Provide physical therapy interventions for patients in sub-acute/skilled nursing facility specializing in orthopedic rehab along with other acute medical conditions.
  • Provided PRN speech services including evaluation and treatments in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient settings with adult populations
  • Help assist meet deadlines assigned by Credentialing Coordinator.

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PRN Demographics

Gender

Female

74.1%

Male

22.1%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Black or African American

13.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.2%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

6.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

2.8%

German

2.8%

Arabic

2.8%

Tagalog

2.1%

Mandarin

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Cherokee

0.7%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Bosnian

0.7%

Turkish

0.7%

Tigrinya

0.7%

Dari

0.7%

Afrikaans

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%
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PRN Education

Schools

Keiser University

15.1%

Walden University

7.0%

Kent State University

5.8%

South University

5.8%

Houston Community College

5.0%

Texas Woman's University

4.8%

Stark State College

4.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.6%

Excelsior College

4.6%

Greenville Technical College

4.6%

Tennessee State University

4.6%

Delgado Community College

4.3%

Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.8%

Owens Community College

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

Sinclair Community College

3.4%

A-Technical College

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

30.2%

Occupational Therapy

16.9%

Physical Therapy

11.6%

Medical Assisting Services

6.2%

Medical Technician

6.2%

Business

4.4%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Social Work

2.3%

Psychology

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Speech-Language Pathology

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

General Studies

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.3%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Biology

1.0%
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Degrees

Associate

37.9%

Bachelors

22.0%

Masters

15.6%

High School Diploma

8.0%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

5.4%

Doctorate

2.6%

License

1.8%
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