Occupational nursing assistant - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Occupational 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 nursing assistant earn

A Occupational 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 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 nursing assistant

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Occupational 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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