Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA)

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Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) work under the direction of RNs and LPNs and provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures. LNAs care for elderly, newborns, and children with special needs, those recovering from illness, injury or surgery, or individuals with disabilities in their own homes. LNAs typically have a great deal of patient contact as they are responsible for monitoring patient vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. The duties of a LNA often include helping with "activities of daily living," including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and assistance with self-administration of medicine.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
8,647
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
10,405
Jobs Percentage Change: 
20.3%
Total Annual Openings: 
288
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$10.98
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$13.99
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$15.51
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
Yes
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
Certificate of Medication Administration
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified you must be competent in the nursing assistant curriculum.
License Required: 
Yes
License Requirements: 
To be licensed you must: graduate from a Board-approved nursing assistant education program; or demonstrate comparable nursing educational preparation recognized by the Board; submit a notarized criminal history record release form along with a complete set of fingerprints taken by a qualified law enforcement agency or authorized employee of the Department of Safety, and pass a written examination.
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Hospital
Long-Term Care Facility
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Integrated Team Member