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Working As A State Registered Nursing Assistant

  • 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

  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A State Registered Nursing Assistant 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 State Registered Nursing Assistant

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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State Registered Nursing Assistant Career Paths

State Registered Nursing Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Specialist Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Registered Nurse Clinical Coordinator
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Specialist Therapist
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Respiratory Therapist Lead Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Technician Family Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Technician Clinic Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nurse Technician Clinic Registered Nurse Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Staff Nurse MDS Coordinator
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Assistant Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Clinical Research Coordinator Nurse Case Manager
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nursing Attendant 3.6 years
Nursing Home Aide 2.7 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Nurse Technician 2.4 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Top Careers Before State Registered Nursing Assistant
Cashier 17.2%
Server 3.2%
Waitress 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Assistant 2.2%
Secretary 1.9%
Top Careers After State Registered Nursing Assistant
Cashier 9.6%
Server 2.5%
Manager 2.3%
Waitress 2.1%
Teacher 1.8%
Sitter 1.7%

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Top Skills for A State Registered Nursing Assistant

  1. Patient Care
  2. ADL
  3. Srna
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided family with comfort Patient care and safety Advised in care plan Privacy HIPPA Regulations Vital Signs and Patient Monitoring Medicine Reminders
  • Used proper body mechanics Document patient care according to institutional policy (VS, ADL, I&O)
  • Worked on the Orthopedic Surgery floor with nurses, doctors and other SRNA's to ensure the recovery of post-surgery patients.
  • Provide personal care (i.e., grooming, bathing, dressing, oral care, etc.)
  • Care for newborns, including monitoring vital signs, assisting with circumcisions and providing other care as needed.

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State Registered Nursing Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

80.5%

Male

11.4%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

75.1%

Asian

8.0%

Hispanic or Latino

7.4%

Black or African American

6.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.8%

Russian

11.1%

French

11.1%

State Registered Nursing Assistant Education

Schools

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

22.7%

Somerset Community College

9.8%

Eastern Kentucky University

9.1%

Ashland Community and Technical College

6.7%

Hazard Community and Technical College

5.8%

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

5.4%

Maysville Community and Technical College

5.4%

University of Kentucky

4.6%

Campbellsville University

3.7%

Morehead State University

3.7%

Owensboro Community and Technical College

3.3%

University of Phoenix

2.7%

Madisonville Community College

2.5%

Sullivan University

2.5%

National College

2.5%

Kentucky State University

2.3%

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

2.1%

MedTech College

2.1%

Spencerian College - Louisville

1.7%

University of Louisville

1.5%
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Majors

Nursing

52.5%

Nursing Assistants

8.9%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Business

5.9%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.3%

General Studies

2.0%

Human Services

2.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Psychology

1.6%

Cosmetology

1.3%

Education

1.3%

Medical Technician

1.2%

Social Work

1.1%

Biology

1.1%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.1%

Liberal Arts

0.8%

Nursing Science

0.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

51.5%

Associate

15.9%

Bachelors

13.3%

Certificate

9.1%

Masters

4.5%

Diploma

3.6%

License

1.9%

Doctorate

0.2%
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