There are many options to consider if you are going into the health-care field. Each one requires its own training and has its own list of duties. The main goal in every field is to maintain patient comfort and health. One position that is crucial to this is a certified nursing assistant.
A certified nursing assistant is often referred to as a nurse aid, or a nursing assistant. Their main job is to help the registered nurses or licensed practical nurses with patient care. The tasks that a nursing assistant has to perform will vary depending on where he or she works. However, they are often in charge of one on one care, including helping patient with grooming, eating, bathing, and dressing. They may also serve meals and make beds. They can also take blood pressure, take temperatures, and check pulses. Everything they do is under the supervision of a highly trained nurse.
In the spring of 2007 the average hourly rate of a nursing assistant was about eleven dollars and fifty cents. The median yearly salary was estimated at $23,920. The employees in the bottom ten percent earned less than nine dollars an hour. The employees in the top ten percent of the field earned about fifteen dollars an hour.
The amount earned per hour for nursing assistant’s increases as the length of time of the job increases. In December of 2008, the average hourly rate was $9.72 for people who have only worked for a year. Out of the people who had at least twenty years of experience, the average hourly rate was $12.20. The average annual salary for a nursing assistant is between $23,000 and $29,801 according to All Allied Health School.
To become a certified nursing assistant, you must have at least (if not more than) seventy five hours of training. This training has to be approved by the state in which the person plans to be employed. He or she must then take a competency test and pass it. Once a person has done the training and has passed the test, a person is given the title of certified nursing assistant.
You can train to become a certified nursing assistant in many different settings. A person can take some classes in high school, as well as the classes that are given by vocational-technical centers. Community colleges will often offer training, and some private companies will also offer training. Some nurse care facilities will even offer a person their required training.