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Nurse Assistant
Nurse assistants, sometimes referred to as nursing aides, perform a variety of duties to help care for patients under the supervision of nurses and physicians.

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Geriatric Nurse Assistant - assists in the personal and daily care of geriatric patients.

Psychiatric Nursing Assistant - assists psychologists, psychiatrists and other staff to care for mentally or emotionally disturbed patients.

Work Activities/Environment
Nurse assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers, or psychiatric facilities. They accomplish a number of tasks to assist nursing and medcal staff in the care of patients. Nurse assistants are responsible for attending to a patient's everyday needs which may include turning or repositioning a patient in their bed, bathing or dressing, transporting a patient by gurney or wheelchair, taking blood pressures and temperatures, serving food, feeding, and maintaining patients' hygiene.

Academic/Special Requirements
Nursing assistant training is offered in vocational/technical schools, colleges, and by some employers. Training includes instruction in anatomy, physiology, communication skills, emergency procedure awareness, basic nutrition and personal hygiene and grooming. They must pass a competency evaluation program in order to work in most practice settings. Those who complete the program are included in the state directory of nursing aides.

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Fox Valley Technical College
Gateway Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Mid-State Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Beaver Dam
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Moraine Park Technical College - West Bend
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Ashland
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - New Richmond
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Superior

Average $22,878

Professional Organizations
American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005

Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703

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