Nursing assistants, also called nursing aides, provide basic care for hospital patients and long-term care facility residents. Nursing assistants also assist patients with the activities of daily life, like bathing, eating, dressing, and using the toilet. Nursing assistants measure patients’ vital signs and record any health concerns that they then relay to nurses.
Nursing Assistant Education & Requirements
Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved educational program and pass their state’s exam — some states may have additional requirements as well. Communication skills, compassion, patience, and physical stamina are all important qualities for people who choose to work in nursing assistant jobs.
Nursing Assistant Jobs Outlook
Employment for nursing assistants is expected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — that is higher than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is based on the market’s demand, including the health needs of our large, aging population.
Nursing Assistant Job Salary
Median annual salary for nursing assistants is $26,590, according to the BLS, and the type of facility employing the nursing assistant will have an impact on the amount.