Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program
Marketable Skill - Use your BNAT Training to get a job!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook 2008-2009 describes the nature of the work as follows:
Job Responsibilities—Nursing assistants, also known as CNAs, nurse’s aides, certified nursing assistants, geriatric aides and unlicensed assistive personnel provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of the nursing staff. Specific tasks vary, with aides handling many aspects of a patient's care. They often help patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They also answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and tidy up rooms. Aides sometimes are responsible for taking a patient's temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, or blood pressure. They also may help provide care to patients by helping them get into and out of bed and walk, escorting them to operating and examining rooms, or providing skin care. Some aides help the medical staff by setting up equipment, storing and moving supplies, and assisting with some procedures. Aides also observe patients' physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or medical staff.
Nurse aides employed in nursing care facilities often are the principal caregivers, having far more contact with residents than do other members of the staff. Because some residents may stay in a nursing care facility for months or even years, aides develop ongoing relationships with them and interact with them in a positive, caring way.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook 2012 describes the employment outlook and earnings for nurse's aides as follows:
Employment Opportunities—Overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 21% between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boomer population ages, many nursing assistants will be needed to care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. In addition, growing rates of several chronic conditions and of dementia will lead to increased demand for patient care. Financial pressures on hospitals to discharge patients as soon as possible should boost admissions to nursing care facilities.
Employment Earnings—The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $24,420 in May 2012. The lowest 10% earned less than $18,300 and the top 10% earned more than $35,330. Most nursing assistants work full time. Because nursing homes and hospitals provide care at all hours, nursing assistants may need to work nights, weekends, and holidays. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm)
Because this program offers students exceptional patient care skill experience, the knowledge and skills learned by students in the BNAT program may be transferable to other programs such as:
- Nursing: CNA certification awards you 5 points for admission to Moraine Valley’s Associate Degree Nursing Program
- Massage Therapy
- Medical Assistant
- Phlebotomy: Nurse Aides with phlebotomy training have a higher earning capacity.
- Recreation Therapy
Moraine Valley's Job Resource Center lists job postings for nursing assistant positions when they are available. For more information, visit www.morainevalley.edu/JRC.