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NURSING STUDENT & TECHNICIAN: Take The Time To Figure Out What You Want

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Amy, a student nurse and technician, is currently studying to be a RN and working as a CNA - a Certified Nurse Assistant. Nursing wasn't what she always wanted to do though - she initially studied Sociology and Criminology in school in order to become a cop. Following this experience, she gives young people the advice that if they need time off between high school and college to really figure out their future, they should take it.

Degree: Criminology - Sociology
Job Title: Nursing Student & Technician

Job Summary: Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

Job Description

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants are frequently active, visiting patients and residents and helping move, reposition, or lift them.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, Patience, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Strength/stamina

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
High school degree
Associate degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Nursing
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m='13030'>of a</span> <span m='13280'>CNA,</span> <span m='13660'>which is a</span> <span m='13900'>certified</span> <span m='14400'>nurse</span> <span m='14630'>assistant,</span> <span m='15470'>so</span> <span m='15640'>I</span> <span m='15740'>work</span> <span m='16059'>with</span> <span m='16300'>anywhere</span> <span m='16640'>from</span> <span m='16910'>2</span> <span m='17060'>to</span> <span m='17160'>3</span> <span m='17370'>nurses</span> <span m='18260'>and</span> <span m='18840'>about</span> <span m='19060'>10</span> <span m='19300'>patients.</span> <span m='20100'>And</span> <span m='20380'>so</span> <span m='20560'>I'll</span> <span m='20840'>go</span> <span m='21000'>into</span> <span m='21120'>work,</span> <span m='21370'>and</span> <span m='21480'>I</span> <span m='21670'>go</span> <span m='21860'>into</span> <span m='21970'>the</span> <span m='22040'>patient's</span> <span m='22430'>room,</span> <span m='22810'>introduce</span> <span m='23220'>myself,</span> <span m='23850'>get</span> <span m='24210'>vital</span> <span m='24520'>signs</span> <span m='24980'>for</span> <span m='25040'>the</span> <span m='25140'>nurses.</span> <span m='26090'>And then</span> <span m='26310'>throughout</span> <span m='26550'>the</span> <span m='26600'>day,</span> <span m='26830'>I will</span> <span m='26960'>help</span> <span m='27150'>patients</span> <span m='27570'>with</span> <span m='27820'>their</span> <span m='28030'>baths,</span> <span m='28680'>and</span> <span m='28760'>if</span> <span m='28870'>they</span> <span m='28940'>need</span> <span m='29110'>help</span> <span m='29300'>getting</span> <span m='29550'>up</span> <span m='29690'>to</span> <span m='29830'>use</span> <span m='30090'>the</span> <span m='30160'>restroom</span> <span m='30760'>or</span> <span m='31480'>walking</span> <span m='31800'>around</span> <span m='31970'>the</span> <span m='32049'>unit</span> <span m='32350'>for some</span> <span m='32689'>daily</span> <span m='32950'>exercise,</span> <span m='33720'>and</span> <span m='33830'>then</span> <span m='34340'>communicate</span> <span m='34750'>with</span> <span m='34890'>the</span> <span m='34960'>nurses</span> <span m='35360'>if anything is</span> <span m='35770'>going</span> <span m='35970'>wrong,</span> <span m='36560'>and</span> <span m='37590'>just</span> <span m='37780'>make</span> <span m='37930'>sure</span> <span m='38120'>that</span> <span m='38280'>I</span> <span m='39070'>keep</span> <span m='39260'>everybody</span> <span m='40110'>happy</span> <span m='40600'>and</span> <span m='40700'>healthy.</span> </p><p><span m='41590'>Nursing</span> <span m='41940'>is</span> <span m='42060'>actually</span> <span m='42490'>a</span> <span m='42680'>second</span> <span m='42965'>career</span> <span m='43250'>choice</span> <span m='43750'>for</span> <span m='43890'>me.</span> <span m='44570'>I</span> <span m='44680'>started</span> <span m='45000'>off</span> <span m='45220'>doing</span> <span m='45830'>sociology</span> <span m='46130'>and</span> <span m='46430'>criminal</span> <span m='46790'>justice</span> <span m='47460'>thinking</span> <span m='47770'>I</span> <span m='47800'>wanted</span> <span m='47970'>to</span> <span m='48010'>be</span> <span m='48140'>a</span> <span m='48220'>cop.</span> <span m='48660'>And</span> <span m='48810'>after</span> <span m='49020'>I</span> <span m='49060'>graduated,</span> <span m='50190'>I</span> <span m='50210'>realized</span> <span m='50580'>that</span> <span m='50840'>that</span> <span m='50970'>wasn't</span> <span m='51200'>what</span> <span m='51290'>I</span> <span m='51330'>wanted</span> <span m='51600'>to</span> <span m='51680'>do.</span> <span m='52180'>I</span> <span m='52270'>worked</span> <span m='52780'>for</span> <span m='53210'>a</span> <span m='53530'>psychiatric</span> <span m='54240'>practice</span> <span m='54860'>with</span> <span m='55130'>children</span> <span m='55480'>for</span> <span m='55620'>a</span> <span m='55670'>while,</span> <span m='56520'>and</span> <span m='56670'>that</span> <span m='56730'>was</span> <span m='56890'>too</span> <span m='57030'>intense,</span> <span m='57410'>so</span> <span m='57650'>I</span> <span m='57750'>kind</span> <span m='57930'>of</span> <span m='58110'>took</span> <span m='58410'>a</span> <span m='58460'>step</span> <span m='58680'>back.</span> <span m='59000'>I</span> <span m='59050'>worked</span> <span m='59350'>as</span> <span m='59450'>a</span> <span m='59500'>waitress</span> <span m='59890'>for</span> <span m='59990'>a</span> <span m='60040'>while</span> <span m='60350'>to</span> <span m='60770'>figure</span> <span m='61100'>stuff out</span> <span m='61500'>and</span> <span m='61600'>then</span> <span m='62550'>went to</span> <span m='62880'>community</span> <span m='63180'>college</span> <span m='63720'>and</span> <span m='63820'>got</span> <span m='64590'>some of</span> <span m='64739'>my</span> <span m='64970'>prereqs,</span> <span m='65470'>microbiology</span> <span m='66390'>and</span> <span m='66490'>anatomy.</span> <span m='67160'>And</span> <span m='67690'>I</span> <span m='67750'>did</span> <span m='67960'>my</span> <span m='68350'>EMT,</span> <span m='68850'>so</span> <span m='69030'>I was</span> <span m='69160'>an</span> <span m='69230'>emergency</span> <span m='69790'>medical</span> <span m='70130'>technician</span> <span m='70680'>and</span> <span m='70770'>worked</span> <span m='71030'>on an</span> <span m='71160'>ambulance</span> <span m='71730'>for</span> <span m='71860'>about</span> <span m='72520'>eight</span> <span m='72710'>months</span> <span m='73180'>and</span> <span m='73280'>then</span> <span m='73390'>applied</span> <span m='73800'>to</span> <span m='73880'>nursing</span> <span m='74200'>school.</span> <span m='74540'>And</span> <span m='74650'>so</span> <span m='75400'>it's</span> <span m='75580'>a</span> <span m='75660'>two</span> <span m='75790'>year</span> <span m='75980'>program,</span> <span m='76480'>and</span> <span m='76610'>I'm</span> <span m='76990'>graduating</span> <span m='77470'>in</span> <span m='77530'>a</span> <span m='77580'>couple</span> <span m='77800'>months,</span> <span m='78180'>and</span> <span m='78570'>I'll</span> <span m='79160'>be a</span> <span m='79290'>nurse.</span> </p><p><span m='79510'>What</span> <span m='80190'>I</span> <span m='80250'>know</span> <span m='80480'>now</span> <span m='80820'>that</span> <span m='80940'>I</span> <span m='80980'>wish I knew</span> <span m='81200'>then</span> <span m='81910'>was</span> <span m='82280'>that</span> <span m='82780'>it's</span> <span m='83000'>OK</span> <span m='83450'>to</span> <span m='83600'>not</span> <span m='83880'>know</span> <span m='84840'>what</span> <span m='85010'>you</span> <span m='85100'>want</span> <span m='85220'>to</span> <span m='85280'>do</span> <span m='85760'>right</span> <span m='85950'>out</span> <span m='86030'>of</span> <span m='86080'>high</span> <span m='86220'>school.</span> <span m='86860'>I</span> <span m='87050'>feel</span> <span m='87190'>like</span> <span m='87350'>I</span> <span m='87400'>kind</span> <span m='87580'>of</span> <span m='87650'>jumped</span> <span m='87920'>into</span> <span m='88420'>college</span> <span m='88780'>right</span> <span m='88930'>away,</span> <span m='89330'>and</span> <span m='89460'>I</span> <span m='90100'>took</span> <span m='90380'>some</span> <span m='90560'>time</span> <span m='90780'>to</span> <span m='90840'>find</span> <span m='91120'>out</span> <span m='91260'>what</span> <span m='91350'>I</span> <span m='91390'>wanted</span> <span m='91640'>to</span> <span m='91700'>do.</span> <span m='92210'>And</span> <span m='92720'>if</span> <span m='92870'>I had</span> <span m='93020'>just</span> <span m='93330'>kind</span> <span m='93500'>of</span> <span m='93720'>stepped</span> <span m='94020'>back</span> <span m='94480'>and</span> <span m='94940'>maybe</span> <span m='95400'>not</span> <span m='95650'>gone</span> <span m='95780'>to</span> <span m='95850'>college</span> <span m='96170'>right</span> <span m='96310'>away</span> <span m='96570'>but</span> <span m='96720'>did</span> <span m='96870'>a</span> <span m='96930'>year</span> <span m='97260'>to</span> <span m='97590'>figure</span> <span m='97930'>stuff out</span> <span m='98370'>and</span> <span m='98470'>then</span> <span m='98690'>jump</span> <span m='98950'>in,</span> <span m='100000'>I</span> <span m='100130'>think</span> <span m='100280'>that</span> <span m='100380'>that's</span> <span m='101070'>totally</span> <span m='101400'>appropriate.</span> <span m='102360'>People</span> <span m='102590'>feel</span> <span m='102750'>like</span> <span m='102930'>you</span> <span m='103020'>have</span> <span m='103260'>to</span> <span m='103640'>go</span> <span m='103760'>to</span> <span m='103840'>college</span> <span m='104150'>right</span> <span m='104310'>after,</span> <span m='104830'>and</span> <span m='104940'>I</span> <span m='104990'>think</span> <span m='105650'>if</span> <span m='105940'>you</span> <span m='106010'>need</span> <span m='106190'>the</span> <span m='106270'>time</span> <span m='106650'>to</span> <span m='106810'>take</span> <span m='107010'>the</span> <span m='107080'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255754,"video_id":"2698772029001","name":"69646171","duration":108287,"thumbnail_url":null}});