Nursing assistants sometimes called nursing aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long term care facilities such as nursing homes orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas the median annual wage for nursing assistants was 27520 in may 2017 the . Nursing assistants work under the supervision of a registered nurse rn or licensed practical nurse lpn usually in a hospital or a long term care setting they have to complete a post secondary training program and go through a certification process. The nursing assistants responsibilities related to the care of residents in long term care facilities are described as identified in the obra regulations both in scope and sequence only obra mandated content or material that is essential to understanding that content is included making this the perfect textbook for courses with limited time and resources. A certified nursing assistant also called a cna is an unlicensed health care worker regulations about cnas differ from state to state but most cnas are high school graduates who complete a training program of six to eight weeks that includes didactic instruction classroom lab work and hands on training in a long term health care facility. Because of the personal nature of the job a certified nursing assistant job description must include people skills and the ability to be compassionate and enjoy helping others in nursing or long term care facilities a cna is often a patients main caregiver
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