Working as an nursing assistant (NA) is an excellent stand-alone career or an excellent way to launch a nursing career; in fact, many LPNs and RNs find their start as NAs. NA training requires just a few weeks of time and provides the information and skills needed to become a Nursing Assistant on the Registry (NA -R), delivering care and support for residents and patients in nursing communities and hospitals.
Nursing Assistant occupational outlook is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years. As the population ages, job opportunities for NA -R are excellent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In your career as a Nursing Assistant, you will work closely with patients and be responsible for activities of daily living such as checking patients’ vital signs; feeding, grooming and bathing patients; assisting nurses with medical equipment and conveying vital information on patient conditions to nurses. NA -R may work in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and community care facilities for the elderly. The median annual salary for NA -R is $21,000-$34,600.
Nursing Assistant Career Information
Accreditation and Recognition
This program is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)