Nursing assistant - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Nursing assistant - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform technical nursing activities in public and private companies such as: hospitals, clinics and other medical care establishments, boats and homes, they work in surgery, therapy, childcare, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, occupational health and other areas. They provide patient care, ensuring their comfort and well-being, administering medications and performing surgical instrumentation tasks, properly positioning the patient and the instruments. They organize the work environment and give continuity to the shifts. They work in accordance with good practices, standards and biosafety procedures. They carry out records and prepare technical reports. They perform activities and carry out actions to promote family health.

How much does an Nursing assistant earn

A Nursing assistant earns between $1.267 and $3.779 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.893 and a median salary of $1.672 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 56.368 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Nursing assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.893 22.711 473 10
1º Quartile 1.267 15.201 317 7
Median Salary 1.672 20.060 418 9
3º Quartile 2.882 34.585 721 15
Higher Salary 3.779 45.349 945 20

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • nursing technicians and assistants

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Main workplaces

Nursing technicians and assistants they work in hospitals, clinics, social services, or even at home. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, or work on their own, providing temporary services in clinics or residences. They are organized as a team, working under the permanent supervision of a nurse or another member of the higher-level health team. They work in closed environments and with shifts, or confined in a vessel, in the case of the health assistant (maritime navigation). Exception made to professionals working in family health, who, according to a specific ordinance, work eight hours a day. It is common for them to work under pressure, leading to a stressful situation. In some activities, they may be exposed to biological contamination, toxic material and radiation.

What does it take to work in the field of Nursing technicians and assistants

Admission to technical occupations requires certification of skills or a technical course in nursing (middle level). For nursing assistants, basic education and professional qualification courses are required with a minimum of four hundred class hours, which can reach fifteen hundred. The possibility of continuing the qualification will depend on the completion of high school. Currently, there are technical courses in nursing, organized modularly, with intermediate outputs for the qualification of nursing assistants. The entry requirement for these courses is complete high school, with the philosophy of continuing education, which makes it possible for the assistant to reach the technical level, by completing new modules of professional training.

Functions and activities of Nursing assistant

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

  • promote mental health;
  • promoting family health;
  • perform surgical instrumentation;
  • provide patient assistance;
  • work with biosafety and safety;
  • organize work environment;
  • provide patient care;
  • working with biosafety and security;
  • give continuity to shifts;
  • working with biosafety and safety;
  • care patient;
  • assist technical team in specific procedures;
  • work with biosafety and security;
  • promote family health;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • administer prescription medication;
  • providing patient care;
  • perform admission procedures;
  • administer prescribed medication;
  • communicate;
  • care for the patient;
  • assist the technical team in specific procedures;

  • Activities

    • administer incompatible medications separately;
    • introduce nasogastric and vesical catheter;
    • watch for temperature and patient reactions in transfusions;
    • activate security team;
    • identify medication to be administered (bed, name and patient record);
    • advise family and patient;
    • prepare prescription medication;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • exchange technical information;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • provide consumables;
    • provide linen;
    • transporting clothes and materials for purge;
    • place side rails on the bed;
    • apply enema (intestinal wash);
    • preventing against adverse effects of the products;
    • check quantity of psychotropic drugs;
    • arrange clothes;
    • make beds;
    • supply the team's demands;
    • sanitize patient;
    • protect bony prominences;
    • organize medications and materials for patient and nursing use;
    • report adverse drug effects to the physician;
    • prevent suicide attempts and risk situations;
    • write down surgery expenses;
    • label medical prescription (bed, name and patient record);
    • check route of administration;
    • implement prescribed therapeutic activities;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • contain patient in bed;
    • recommend abstaining from decisions during mental breakdown;
    • demarcate behavioral boundaries;
    • paramentar-se;
    • make personal belongings available to patient (identity preservation);
    • changing dressings;
    • aspirate orotracheal and tracheostomy cannula;
    • record complications and procedures performed;
    • perform tests and exams;
    • identify groups, families and individuals exposed to risks;
    • proceed to inhalation therapy;
    • calculate medication dosage;
    • forward material to the operating room;
    • inspect cardiopulmonary arrest cart (pcr);
    • position patient for surgery;
    • administer chemotherapy products;
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • seal the operating room;
    • replace material in the operating room;
    • organize medications and materials for patient use and nursing station;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • demonstrate persuasiveness;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • discard contaminated material;
    • check sterilization result and validity;
    • inspect each patient;
    • change position in bed;
    • monitor serum and medication administration time;
    • request the presence of other professionals in the surgical center;
    • perform blood glucose tests;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • check received medications;
    • accompany patient in medication intake;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • prepare a patient report;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • stimulate the patient to express feelings;
    • stimulate vesico-intestinal function;
    • wash hands before and after each procedure;
    • stimulate patient to express feelings;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • remove patient;
    • control water balance;
    • record medication administration;
    • offer bedpan and parrot;
    • assist the team in invasive procedures;
    • check quantity of implant parts;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • care for the body after death;
    • measure patient (weight, height);
    • collect material for exams;
    • using personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • participate in case discussion;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • get vaccinated;
    • check amount of psychotropic drugs;
    • updating registration information;
    • call doctor in case of complications;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • massage patient;
    • give lectures;
    • position electric scalpel plate;
    • disinfect devices and materials;
    • record events and procedures performed;
    • apply ice pack and wet and dry heat;
    • vaccinating yourself;
    • demonstrate empathy;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • stimulate patient (active and passive movements);
    • administer incompatible medication separately;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • check patient and belongings (drugs, alcohol, etc.);
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • vaccinate yourself;
    • mark type of hamper and garbage contamination;
    • control periodic examinations of employees;
    • assist in patient resuscitation;
    • prepare patient for medication;
    • monitor patient progress;
    • control vaccine administration;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • define territory of action;
    • participate in public health campaigns;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • check the sufficiency of equipment, surgical material and compresses;
    • protect patient during crises;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • resolve pending issues (drugs, dressings, exams, referrals, fasting, among others) ;
    • conduct patient to social activities;
    • remove the patient;
    • contain sharps for disposal;
    • tag patient belongings;
    • register intake;
    • arrange clothes;
    • interpret skin tests;
    • stimulate patient expression;
    • follow protocol in case of contamination or accident;
    • count the number of compresses, material and instruments before and after surgery;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • demonstrate understanding;
    • demonstrate attention ability;
    • introduce yourself by placing the patient in the environment;
    • package sharps for disposal;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • control vital signs;
    • help the patient to eat;
    • providing concurrent and terminal cleaning;
    • educate family about mental illness;
    • mark type of contamination of hamper and garbage;
    • check the number of surgical compresses;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • list patient's belongings;
    • wearing;
    • punch venous access;
    • inspect validity of materials and medicines;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • encouraging community participation;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • ready the patient for examination and surgery;
    • pass instruments to the surgical team;
    • check quantity and functionality of material and equipment;
    • limit patient circulation space;
    • identify users' needs;
    • forward material for exams;
    • record intercurrences and procedures performed;
    • dismiss the sick or injured employee and crew from work;
    • caring for the body after death;
    • inspect facilities and workers;
    • recommend disembarkation of sick and injured person;
    • install blood products;
    • install induced power;

    Sectors that hire Nursing assistant the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • long stay institutions for the elderly
    • temporary labor lease
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • health plans
    • other human health care activities
    • health management support activities

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