Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNA) work under the supervision of licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN) to provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures. They take vital signs, collect specimens for laboratory tests, administer medications, change wound dressings, serve and feed meals, assist patients in and out of bed, and answer patients’ call lights. They have a great deal of patient contact.
Salary Range: 20,040 – $37,900
Salary Notes: The mean salary for LNA’s in Vermont is about $28,620 a year.
Where you can study:
Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
Great Bay Community College, Portsmouth, NH
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
Many of Vermont’s technical centers offer LNA programs.
Where you might work:
– Home Health Organizations – Hospitals – Long-term Care Facilities – Mental Health Facilities – Nursing Facilities
Job Outlook: Employment of nursing aides is expected to grow faster than the average in response to increasing emphasis on rehabilitation and the long-term care needs of a growing elderly population.
Education, Licensing and Certification: Vermont requires nursing assistants to complete a training program and pass the state licensing exam. Training programs are available from some hospitals, home health agencies, and nursing homes, but applicants must first secure a position at that facility to be eligible for training. Many technical high schools also offer training programs.