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Certified Nurse Aide

The main role of a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is to provide basic care to patients and assist them in daily activities that include bathing, dressing, feeding and taking vital signs. CNAs are often described as the backbone of skilled nursing care. Nurse aides take care of basic physical needs under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Just as important, they tend to the emotional and spiritual needs of residents. Compassionate individuals with a deep desire to care for others are needed to fill these positions.

Education & Experience:
A CNA must complete a state approved nurse aide training program, pass the nurse aide competency evaluation consisting of both a written and a skills test, and be listed in good standing as a CNA on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry. The training program must be approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Nurse Aide Registry.

Salary Average
$25,400

Certifications
Nurse Aide I
Nurse Aide II

Next Steps
Qualified Medication Aide

Qualified Medication Aide

A medication aide is a certified nurse aide (CNA) who has completed additional training and demonstrated competency while dispensing medications and applying or administering treatments under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. The medication aide assists the professional nursing staff in assuring that standards of resident care, comfort, and safety are maintained by administering medications and treatments.

Education & Experience:
To become a medication aide, you must pass a 24-hour N.C. Board of Nursing-approved medication aide training program and pass the state medication aide competency exam administered by Pearson VUE
.

Salary Average
$29,150

Certifications
Medication Aide

Next Steps
Nurse

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