Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistant

A nursing assistant is someone who is certified to work in a hospital or nursing home setting. They are trained to help people who are elderly, chronically ill, or in need of rehabilitation. Nursing assistants provide patients with the help they need to go about their daily life, and perform tasks for the patients that normally the patient could not do on their own.

Qualifications to be a Nursing Assistant

To qualify to be a certified nursing assistant, it normally takes about 4-12 weeks. It requires one to properly perform their schooling and training by the standards set by their specific state. Though each state can vary in qualifications and requirements, a certified nursing assistant generally needs to accomplish the following:

  • Pass the course accredited by the state to become a nursing assistant
  • Pass the CNA (certified nursing assistant) exam set by the respective state
  • Pass a standard or practical exam to ensure they can perform basic CNA activities and duties
  • Undergo supervised on-duty experience in the medical field
  • Register within the state they decide to take their exams

Higher education outside of the recommended basic exams is not necessary to become a CNA. Once all of the above requirements are reached, a person can be certified as a nursing assistant. However, if the person decides to move out of the state, they may be required to take the examination again in the new state they live in, if they want to continue to pursue their career as a certified nursing assistant.

Example Duties of a Nursing Assistant

Because nursing assistants help patients with basic everyday life activities, the duties they perform can be a very wide range of things, including:

  • Helping bedridden patients (turning them over, moving them, etc.)
  • Checking the blood pressure, temperature, or other vital signs of patients
  • Answering phones
  • Keeping detailed documentation of patient statistics for nurses
  • Monitoring food and liquid intake of patients, feeding them
  • Cleaning rooms, bed sheets, equipment
  • Assisting nurses with medical procedures
  • Cleaning and dressing wounds or injuries

How Much Nursing Assistants Get Paid

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average amount of money a nursing assistant can make is just over $25,000 a year. However, sometimes earnings can determine where you live, and the cost of living of that particular ara. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also found that the top 10% of certified nursing assistants were paid up to $36,000 a year or more. Some nursing assistants start off their career in the medical field with their CNA qualification, but further their career with more schooling and becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). 


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