Nurses Aide

Occupation Information table
Overview: Nurse's aides assist in the care of patients under the direction of nurse supervisors and medical staff in hospitals and nursing homes. They serve meals, bathe and dress patients and answer patients' requests.
Duties: They respond to the patient's requests for assistance or attention. They determine whether a nurse is needed. They serve meals to patients and feed those needing help. They assist patients to get out of bed and bathe or to get exercise. They help patients change their clothing, assist in their personal needs and change bed linens.They take patients in wheelchairs or guernies to hospital departments for prescribed medical tests, therapy and treatments. They comfort distressed patients.They visit each patient to determine which personal recreational needs can be satisfied such as reading materials, TV and games. They deliver medical equipment to the patient's bedside.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $19,000 to $22,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Many employers prefer nurses-aides to have a high school diploma, or equivalent. Nursing-aide training is offered in many technical schools, nursing homes and community colleges and includes courses in body mechanics, nutrition, physiology, infection control and communication skills. Many nursing homes require their aides to complete a 75-hour training program and pass a competency evaluation.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.