Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.
 

Recommended Credentials

Nursing Assistant training, some work environments require certification

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.

 

Northwest Lower Michigan

 

Internal training at Munson Healthcare 

Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Apprenticeship

Elsewhere in Michigan

 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech - Allied Health 

Volunteer or work at a hospital or health clinic

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Enroll in the Career Tech Center Allied Health  program

Pathway 2

Internal training at a hospital or practice, such as at Munson Healthcare

Pathway 3

Work while completing your certification at one of the many local CNA training programs! (scroll down to Region 9 listing)

 

Sample Employers in Our Region

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TIP

Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.

 

Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Certified Medication Aide (CMA)
  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
  • Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)
 

10-Year Job Growth Projections

2.8%
10-County Region
1.7%
Michigan
8%
U.S.

Employed Regionally

1420
In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region

$26,260
$31,220 
$38,200

Annual Hires Regionally

165
In 2020

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Nursing Assistant

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