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Nurse Aide
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  The main role of a Nurse Aide is to provide basic care to patients and assist them in daily activities that they might have trouble with on their own. This can include bathing, feeding, or other activities in daily life. The ideal Nurse Aide is compassionate and enjoys helping others. In nursing or long-term care facilities, an Aide is often a patient’s main caregiver. An Aide should have good communication skills as it’s their job to bring all patient concerns and issues to their supervisor. Nurse Aides may also work with medical technology, including billing software, health information software, and/or medical record charting software. On the job, Nurse Aides report to either registered nurses or licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses.

Lanier Technical College is a State approved Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP). As an approved program, we offer training to candidates that desire to become eligible for certification as a certified nurse aide. Georgia requires the program to provide one comprehensive course to train candidates to work in all health care facilities (e.g. nursing homes, hospitals, hospice, home health, etc.). After the completion of the Sate approved training program, the candidate must take and pass the competency evaluation examination. The examination includes a written/oral and skills competency examination that is evaluated by an approved registered nurse with the approved testing agency. Candidates who successfully pass the written/oral and skills competency examination are included on the Georgia Nurse Aide Registry. No online Certified Nurse Aide courses are allowed in the State of Georgia.
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Significant Points [+]

  • Students are able to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) exam upon completion of the Nurse Aide program to become certified in the State of Georgia.
  • Students complete a total of 135 hours in both lecture, lab and clinical rotation.
  • The Nurse Aide program takes approximately 2 semesters to complete.
  • Students are required to submit proof of immunizations, complete a background check and drug screen in order to participate in clinical rotations

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Roslynn Kuznicki  
      Nurse Aide Training Coordinator/ALHS Instructor
      Hall Campus
      Phone: (770) 533-6976

    Nature of the Work [+]

    The role and responsibilities of the Nurse Aide are to provide hands-on, personal care to patients, with an emphasis on understanding and developing critical thinking regarding the function of human body systems and common disease processes.

    Nurse Aides are expected to respond to and report changes in a residents/patient’s condition, vital signs, nutrition and diet therapy, and disease processes. In addition, they are responsible for observing, reporting, and documenting changes in a resident's condition, emergency concerns, and ethics and legal issues. Injury prevention and emergency preparedness, residents' rights, basic patient care skills, personal care skills, and restorative care are all part of the Nurse Aid job. They will also develop skills in using/caring for mechanical devices and equipment, as well as communication and interpersonal relations.

    Work Environment [+]

    Nurse Aides typically work in various health care settings which include, but are not limited to, Long Term Care, Hospitals, Home Health, and Assisted Living. They provide basic healthcare services to patients under the supervision of nurses and physicians. The job title can vary pending on the healthcare setting; from patient care technicians, support partners, or certified nursing assistant (CNA).

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    In some places, nursing assistants are able to take extra courses and move up the career ladder, progressing from level 1 to level 3. Some continue their education and become nurses or administrators. Other potential advancements can be in skills such as phlebotomy, EKG, or basic first aid.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The average hourly salary $13.00-$14.00 or Annual Wage of $23,000-$35,000.

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