June 9th – 16th, 2016 is the 39th annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week! It is a week set aside to acknowledge the nursing assistants who work extremely hard to maintain the well-being of others. Nursing Assistants play a key role in the healthcare field today by giving direct patient care (often to the elderly and disabled). They are the front line of patient care and are essential to daily operations in hospitals and nursing care facilities. We, at Valley Training Center, welcome you to join us in recognizing Nursing Assistants for their diligent work and devotion to their patients and the healthcare field as a whole.
What does a Nursing Assistant do?
A Nursing Assistant (also referred to as a Nurse’s Aide) is mainly responsible for providing basic care to patients, and helping them with the daily activities they might have trouble with on their own. Nursing Assistants are often the primary caregivers and have more contact with residents than other staff may be on a daily basis. Because they interact closely with patients, often over extended periods of time, Nursing Assistants tend to develop close relationships with their patients. The general responsibilities of a Nursing Assistant include:
- Cleaning and washing patients or residents
- Helping patients use the restroom and dress
- Repositioning and transferring patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Listening to and recording patients’ concerns and reporting that information to nurses and doctors
- Measuring vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Serving meals and helping patients eat
- Transporting patients to operating rooms or treatment units
- Setting up equipment at a nurse or doctor’s request
Where do Nursing Assistants work?
The role of a Nursing Assistant can be extremely rewarding within this growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national employment of Nursing Assistants is projected to grow 18% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.* In the state of Michigan, Nursing Assistant employment is projected to grow 12.5% from 2012 to 2022.** Because of this, there are no shortages of workplace options for those who wish to become a nursing assistant. After becoming licensed, a Nursing Assistant can work in a variety of medical facilities, including state, local and private hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. They may also work in residential care facilities and with home healthcare service providers.
How to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
In order to become a CNA, Nursing Assistants must complete a state-approved education program. These programs are found at vocational and technical schools, as well as other locations. After the training program has been completed, they will need to earn a certification by passing a state-issued competency exam. In addition, nursing assistants often complete on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures. Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check.
Valley Training Center’s Nurse Aide Training Program exposes students to topics, concepts and skills that Nurse Aides frequently use in the workplace, by providing a combination of class lectures along with hands-on practice. When students successfully complete the Nurse Aide Training Program, they will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation. Licensure is necessary in order to gain employment as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) in the State of Michigan.
Training in the Nurse Aide Program includes:
- Overview of the Nurse Aide as a member of the Healthcare Team
- Overview of the Long Term Care Facility and Resident
- Providing Personal Care to Patients
- Infection Control, Safety, and Emergency Procedures
- Providing Care for Patients with Cognitive Impairments
- Restorative and Rehabilitative Care
- Caring for Patients with Developmental Disabilities
- End of Life Care
- A Clinical Practicum, allowing the Integration of Clinical Skills
- …and more
To learn more about the Nurse Aide Training Program at Valley Training Center, call us today at 989-726-4319 or Click Here to request more information!
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Nursing Assistants and Orderlies, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm (visited May 19, 2016)
**Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2012-2022) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014), http://milmi.org/admin/uploadedPublications/2350_LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2022_MI.xls (visited February 15, 2016).