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The Nursing Assistant (NA) training program is designed to prepare the student to pursue a career in health care; assisting in the care of patients. The NA work under the direction and supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and other medical staff.
The NA perform support functions such as transporting patients, making beds, serve meals, help patients to eat, dress and bathe, helping patients become ambulatory, and answering patient calls. The NA may take patients’ temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure, and help them to get into and out of bed and walk, among others.
The NA works in a variety of different health care settings. These include hospitals, physician’s offices, home health agencies, nursing homes, private homes, and mental health institutions. The NA must complete a minimum of 85 hours of training and pass a certification exam.
The future job prospects for the NA look very good. There is an expected 21%-35% growth in the NA job market over the next decade. This exceptional growth is attributed to the rapidly growing older population that will demand more emphasis on rehabilitation and long term care requiring the services of the NA. The salary range of the CNA is $25,000 – $30,000 per year. The CNA is a dignifying and relatively rewarding career.