Occupational nursing technician - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Occupational nursing technician - 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 technician earn

A Occupational nursing technician earns between $1.449 and $4.714 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.307 and a median salary of $2.060 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 10.405 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Occupational nursing technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.307 27.689 577 11
1º Quartile 1.449 17.383 362 7
Median Salary 2.060 24.720 515 10
3º Quartile 3.595 43.144 899 17
Higher Salary 4.714 56.572 1.179 23

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 technician

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

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

  • Activities

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

    Sectors that hire Occupational nursing technician the most in the job market

    • temporary labor lease
    • hospital care activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • supply and management of human resources for third parties
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • building construction
    • building highways and railways
    • combined office and administrative support services
    • industrial assembly works

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