Work nursing technician - Salary and Career
Nursing technicians and assistants

Work 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 Work nursing technician earn

A Work 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 Work 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 Work nursing technician

Nursing technicians and assistants must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Work 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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