Nursing Aide at a Glance

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Best States for Nursing Aide

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Arkansas 19,230 $21,000 $10
Rhode Island 9,390 $28,590 $14
North Dakota 6,550 $27,530 $13

Becoming a Nursing Aide

Nursing aides generally need to have a postsecondary certificate or award to practice in most states. Students can obtain this entry-level education by attending community colleges, vocational schools, and approved high school programs. Some hospitals and nursing homes also offer training to qualified students.

Most certified nursing aide programs include formal instruction and practical, hands-on training in basic nursing care. During this course of study, students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to care for patients of all backgrounds, especially residents of long-term care facilities. In addition to completing science and nursing-related courses, students also have clinical requirements in general health care and specialized fields like geriatrics.

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After completing an approved training program, graduates take a nurse aid competency exam that qualifies them to use state-specific titles, such as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Once they've passed this state exam, nursing aides will be placed on a state registry that qualifies them for nursing aide careers in various health care settings, particularly nursing homes. Depending on the state you work in, continuing education and certification renewal may be required to continue practicing.