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Career Outlook

nursing assistant program

A career as a Nurse Aide can be a rewarding and challenging occupation in the healthcare field. Nurse Aides (also often referred to as Nursing Assistants) provide basic care and assist residents with daily activities which may include, but are not limited to cleaning and bathing, dressing, turning and transferring patients, listening to patients health concerns and communicating them to a nurse, taking patient vital signs, and serving meals and helping patients eat.

Upon certification/licensure, Nurse Aides most often work in nursing care facilities; however, they may also be found working in hospitals, residential care facilities, and with home health care service providers. Graduates who successfully complete the Nurse Aide Program at Valley Training Center will be eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation.

According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nursing assistants and orderlies (positions that can be filled by Nurse Aides) is projected to grow by 15% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Furthermore, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of nursing assistants (positions that can be filled by Nurse Aides) is projected to grow by 9.7% from 2014 to 2024. Employment of orderlies (positions that can also be filled by Nurse Aides) is projected to grow by 8.8% from 2014 to 2024.**

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*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 February 15, 2016).
**Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Nursing Assistants (SOC Code: 31-1014) and Orderlies (SOC Code: 31-1015), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

Valley Training Center is a Division of Dorsey Schools.