This major is a program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide Major (use the College Search feature and enter "nursing assistant" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide Major?
As a Nurse Assistant your responsibilities likely include providing or assisting with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
Nursing assistants typically must complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam which is equivalent to a certificate. These programs are available in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Organizations in Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- National Network of Career Nursing Assistants
- American Nurses Association
- American Board of Nursing Specialties
- National Student Nurses Association
- Nurses Peer Support Network
- Association for Nursing Professional Development
- Travel Nursing
- National Association of School Nurses
Publications/Magazines in Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide