If you are interested in working as an acute care or long-term nursing aide or assistant, LCC has these options:
You can choose the program of evening classes, which lasts 16 weeks, or the daytime program, which lasts four and one-half weeks.
Nature of Work
The Acute Care Nurse Assistant or Patient Care Technician (PCT)performs routine tasks under the supervision of nursing staff. He or she answers patients' call bells, delivers messages, serves meals, makes beds, and helps patients eat, dress, and bathe. Aides also may provide skin care to patients; take temperatures, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure; perform glucometer tests and sterile insertion of urinary catheter; and help patients get in and out of bed and walk. They also may escort patients to operating and examining rooms, keep patients' rooms neat, set up equipment, store and move supplies, or assist with some procedures. Nurse assistants observe patients' physical, mental, and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or other health care staff.
This is a variable format, state-certified course consisting of 94 hours of course work, usually over a three-week period.
The course includes lecture, laboratory and clinical experience. Those who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the state examination and become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA).
Nature of Work
The Long-term Care Nurse Aide works with patients in a long-term care nursing facility, providing basic nursing and personal care, while promoting patient independence.
A condition that must be met for participation in the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program in the form of a clear "Background Check" is explained below.
The State of Michigan (Enrolled House Bill No. 4057, May 10, 2002) mandates a "Background Check" for every student in a Long-Term Care Nurse Aide/Patient Care Technician (PCT) Program or one which contains this content along with a clinical component.
This Bill states in Section 20173 (1) that a health facility or agency that is a nursing home, county medical facility, or home for the aged shall not employ, independently contract with, or grant clinical privileges to an individual who regularly provides direct services to patients or residents in the health facility or agency if the individual has been convicted of 1or more of the following:
(a) A felony or an attempt or conspiracy to commit a felony within the 15 years immediately preceding the date of application for employment or clinical privileges.
(b) A misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct or involving fraud or theft against a vulnerable adult as that term is defined in section 145m of the Michigan penal code, or a state or federal crime that is substantially similar to a misdemeanor described in this subdivision within the 10 years immediately preceding the date of application for employment or clinical privileges.
This program combines the education and job skills of both the Acute Care and the Long-term care training programs into one eight credit course that meets during the day for six-weeks Those who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the state examination and become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Employment prospects for people with the education are enhanced because they are able to work in both acute care and long-term care facilities.
General Nurse Aide/Assistant Career Information
Employment prospects for Nurse Assistants/
Patient Care Technicians (PCT)
Job prospects for acute and long-term care nurse assistants will be very good because of the growing population of elderly people. These jobs offer entry into health care employment. The flexibility of night and weekend hours also provides high school and college students a chance to work during the school year.
Skills you need
Applicants should be tactful, patient, understanding, healthy, emotionally stable, dependable, and have a desire to help people. They should also be able to work as part of a team, have good communication skills, and be willing to perform repetitive, routine tasks. Aides must be in good health. A physical examination, including a tuberculosis test, may be required.
Median hourly wages of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants were $11.46 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.71 and $13.76 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.34, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $15.97 an hour. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants in May 2008 were:
|General medical and surgical hospitals||12.05|
|Nursing care facilities||11.13|
|Community care facilities for the elderly||10.91|
|Home health care services||10.58|
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