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Nursing Assistant Program
WHAT DO NURSE ASSISTANTS DO?
Nurse Assistants perform vital hygiene and daily living functions of patients in their care. They are also responsible for positioning and transporting patients, obtaining vital signs, maintaining a clean and safe living environment, and for monitoring the overall health and safety of their patients.
WHY BECOME A NURSE ASSISTANT?
Nurse Assistants provide an invaluable service and play an important role in caring for elderly or disabled patients. In the growing field of health care, the ability to provide compassionate, responsible assistance to incapacitated people is a needed skill. Nurse Assistants find employment in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities, or as home health aides, working directly with patients and under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Licensed Nurse Practitioners. Nurse Assistants are people who:
- Enjoy working with people who rely on them
- Want to make a difference in people’s lives
- Desire a rewarding and sustainable career
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Nurse Assistant Orientation Session
Attendance is required before you can register for the nurse assistant course. Orientations take place in the Framingham campus auditorium.
WHAT IS MASSBAY’S NURSE ASSISTANT PROGRAM?
Nursing assistants are vital members of the healthcare team, performing hands-on resident/client care and routine tasks for individuals of various ages and health conditions. In just eight weeks*, MassBay prepares Nurse Assistant Training students for the Red Cross Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation (NACE) test and for an entry-level career in health care as a Nurse Assistant. In this 120–hour certificate training program (80 lecture/laboratory hours on campus and 40 clinical hours at a long-term care facility), students will learn how to perform routine healthcare tasks for today’s increasingly diverse population. The course will include basic skills training, such as the fundamentals of how to check and monitor vital signs and deal with a wide range of patients’ and residents’ needs. Other topics include the roles and responsibilities of the Nurse Assistant; understanding the elderly; safety; food service; personal care; elimination; restorative nursing; use of assistive devices; hygiene and infection control; and work ethics of a professional member of the nursing and health team. Classes are held on MassBay’s Framingham campus and are small, ensuring an intimate student-centered environment. The certification exam will take place on the Framingham Campus shortly after the end of the course.
*The Spring and Fall Semester courses are scheduled weekends for the classroom and clinical components. In Summer, 2017, two options will be offered: one occurring only on weekends and another with on-campus classroom meetings two days per week, following by a clinical component on the weekend.
WHAT MAKES NURSE ASSISTING A GOOD CAREER CHOICE?
- Short-term Training: MassBay’s program is only 8 weeks long, including lecture and lab/clinical practice.
- Solid Job Growth Prospects: In Massachusetts, this job is expected to grow 7% through the year 2024.*
- Good Pay: The median hourly wage in 2015 was $14. *
- Room for Advancement: A Nurse Assistant can, with additional education at MassBay, advance to become a Practical Nurse, and then advance to become a Registered Nurse.
- Typical job benefits include medical and other insurance and 401(k) retirement savings plan.
* Source: Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Scholarships are available through the MassBay Foundation: http://www.massbay.edu/scholarships/