Nursing assistants are valuable members of the health care team in nursing facilities and hospitals. They may perform much of the direct patient care under the guidance of nurses and doctors, and they are often the members of the health care team who interact the most with patients.
The median salary for nursing assistants was $24,040 as of 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Those working through employment services and in hospitals tended to earn the most, while those working through home health care services tended to earn the least.
Classes offered at nursing assistant schools may include body mechanics, physiology, anatomy, nutrition, and infection control. Not all of the training is confined to the classroom: hands-on training may include how to teach and assist patients to eat, bathe, and groom in a manner consistent with patients' ability level. The length of each training program may depend on each nursing assistant school, and varies from several weeks to several months.
The job outlook for nursing assistant careers is excellent, and should grow an astounding 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, notes the BLS. Getting trained at a nurse assisting school may lead to a solid long-lasting career in the health care field.
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