Occupational health nursing assistant - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Occupational health 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 Occupational health nursing assistant earn

A Occupational health nursing assistant earns between $1.333 and $4.410 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.105 and a median salary of $1.800 according to an Averwage.com 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 1.295 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Occupational health nursing assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.105 25.256 526 10
1º Quartile 1.333 16.001 333 6
Median Salary 1.800 21.600 450 8
3º Quartile 3.363 40.355 841 16
Higher Salary 4.410 52.915 1.102 21

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 Occupational health nursing assistant

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Occupational health nursing assistant the most in the job market

    • temporary labor lease
    • hospital care activities
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • clinical laboratories
    • supply and management of human resources for third parties
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • geriatric clinics and residences
    • industrial assembly works
    • technical expertise services related to occupational safety

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