Work Environments for Licensed Nursing Assistants

A career that offers variety!

Licensed nursing assistants are important caregivers in the healthcare industry. They help patients with basic lifestyle needs. Professional nursing assistants lead an active professional life and stay busy attending to patients. Going to licensed nursing assistant school can help you learn a variety of technical skills. What also makes this job intriguing are the various settings licensed nursing assistants may work in.

Below is a list of the different environments where nursing assistants may work:

Hospitals: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, this environment is the largest employer of licensed nursing assistants. Hospitals are fast-paced environments where nursing assistants may assist several different patients at once. Nursing assistants don’t just help the ill with their everyday needs though. They may also work in surgery units, maternity wards, and assist registered nurses in care units throughout the day. If you wish to learn more about the healthcare industry, working as a nursing assistant in a hospital could help you explore this world.

Nursing care facilities: Skilled nursing facilities offer skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation services to patients who are injured, ill, or disabled. Usually, they are open 24 hours a day. Nursing care facilities may include nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and rehab centers. In these facilities, nursing assistants care for patients and may watch over several patients at once.

Continuing care retirement facilities: These communities include assisted living facilities for the elderly. Nursing assistants in these facilities may be able to care for their patients for prolonged or indefinite amounts of time. In these facilities, nursing assistants get to move around with their patients more freely. They may transport them to different living areas for different activities like eating, playing games, or exercise. They may build strong bonds with their patients, offer basic care, and learn the daily routines and health plans of many of their patients.

Home healthcare services: Nursing assistants may also provide services to patients in their homes. They will need a car or public transportation to visit patients throughout the day. Sometimes nursing assistants care for just one patient during the day. Other times, they may offer assistance to several patients throughout the day. If they care for a patient in their home, they also arrange to take patients outside of the home to run errands or help them attend community functions.

Most nursing assistants work full-time. Sometimes they have to work night shifts, weekends, and holidays since nursing facilities are open 24 hours a day.

Does this job sound interesting to you? If you’d like an active work environment consider becoming a nursing assistant today by enrolling in the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health’s nursing assistant training program!

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