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What is a Nursing Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant?

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nurse aides and geriatric aides, assist licensed nursing personnel in providing nursing care. They work under the direction and supervision of registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs, LVNs) and other medical staff.


What is a Nursing Assistant

What is a Nursing Assistant

Nursing assistants often have more contact with patients that other health care workers do.

Nursing assistants work in many settings. They work in hospitals and nursing homes. Nursing assistants also provide care for older people and people with disabilities in residential care centers. Some nursing assistants visit people in their homes ( home health aids)

In the United states , most nursing homes and many hospitals hire only certified nursing assistants CNAs.

Certified Nursing Assistant Salaries

Nursing assistants earn salaries of between $23,117 and $29,904 per year.
Median: $25,369.  The key factors affecting CNA salaries are years of experience and work environment.

Certified nursing assistants may find jobs more easily than those who are not certified because some employers will only hire Certified Nursing Assistants.

P.S. In the UK, as in other countries, the CNA might also be called a Nursing Assistant (NA), Auxiliary Nurse (Aux-N), Healthcare Assistant (HCA), Heathcare Support Worker (HSW) or Clinical Support Worker.

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University of West Alabama Certified Nursing Assistant Program

The University of West Alabama will offer the Certified Nursing Assistant Program for people, ages 16-21 who have finished high school or earned their GED, but lack the skills needed for long-term employment.

The short-term training program combines classroom learning with work experience to prepare participants for jobs at health-care facilities in west Alabama. Program officials expect 48 students from Choctaw, Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties to participate in the program over the next 12 months.

This program is a win-win, for participants and for west Alabama health-care providers. Students learn skills to qualify for careers in a high-demand profession, and health-care providers get a ready pool of qualified workers to provide quality patient care at their facilities.

Nursing assistants work under the supervision of a licensed nurse to assist patients with daily tasks such as eating and bathing.

According to the university, the demand for nursing assistants will grow 21-35 percent over the next decade because of increasing demand for long-term care for older Americans.more
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