Becoming an LNA
LNAs aid patients and clients in everyday care. They give meaningful short-term or long-term attention to people of all ages, from the elderly to those who have been in accidents.
LNAs help feed, bathe, and dress patients in residential nursing care facilities, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. They also record medical histories and inform patients about treatments. Typically, LNAs work under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN) or other certified healthcare specialist.
Types of Jobs
Once you undergo LNA training, you will be able to look for jobs in your area. LNAs can have different titles, so be sure to search career ads for jobs like these:
- Licensed nursing assistant
- Nursing assistant
- Nurse’s aide/nursing aide
- Home health aide
Where do LNAs Work?
A nursing assistant’s skills can be needed in many different types of patient care organizations. As an LNA, you will be qualified to work in these types of facilities:
- Nursing homes
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Long-term care facilities
- Rehabilitation and acute care hospitals
- Home care settings
As an LNA, you will mostly likely work in a nursing home or other residential care facility. Working environments are professional and busy. You will be expected to be physically active on the job as you attend to your patients’ basic needs. You may need to lift patients or help them move from place to place.
Most LNA jobs are full-time positions. You may be expected to work nights and weekends, since residential care facilities require around-the-clock staffing.