The term Assistant in Nursing can be shortened to AIN in the southern hemisphere or CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant if you live in the United States. Nursing assistants can be referred to as nurse aides, who work under the directions and supervision of senior nursing and medical staff. Assistant nurses have a greater deal of contact and care with patients and often the patient’s immediate family members.
Assistant in nursing staff provide all hygienic care such as feeding, bathing, dressing and making record of day to day medical treatments given.
Nursing assistant staff also perform many other important vital functions, such as taking the patient’s vital signs and recording them on the patient chart, answering patient calls, transporting patients, making beds, helping patients become ambulatory and might also be required to set up x-ray machines or over headed irrigation bottles.
In simple terms, there are many duties which cannot be fulfilled by a Registered or Enrolled Nurse as their time is spent performing clinical tasks. The assistant in nursing staff are in a better position to observe their patients and to report to doctors and clinical staff, how the patient is responding to the care that is being given.
To be successful in your role as an assistant nurse you should be a team player or team addict, who is able to adapt to all kinds of challenges presented in the working environment and can be guided by others. The certified assistant in nursing staff should be emotionally stable, caring, being particular and should have great patience.
Assistant in Nursing Qualifications and Training
Prospective AIN’s interested in becoming a nurse often opt for courses such as a dental or a medical assistant program. Performing these duties builds experience in computer skills, customer or patient service, improving their English, understanding humanities and interacting with senior medical staff.
Having this type of experience is not essential but can be an asset in understanding the nursing assistant training and health care professional education that you will receive and be working with on a daily basis.
Generally it is a pre-requisite that prospective students hold a higher school certificate or a high school diploma. Having some educational qualifications in subjects such as biology, mathematics or science is often well regarded.
The assistant in nursing training is provided through theory and practical on the job experience. The theory side prepares the assistant nurse in waiting with the knowledge to competently and confidently enter onto a ward and start working straight away. Don’t worry about this as all work experience is provided on the job with the training coming from senior nurses and medical staff.
On completion of the theory and on the job practical training the students sit for an examination of somewhere around 60 to 70 multiple choice questions. We have provided a sample assistant in nursing practice examination so you can see what type of questions are asked so there are no surprises when you physically sit your examination.
There is also a practical test and this is used to demonstrate your understanding and practice of the assistant in nursing training you have received. Such a practical test is often transferring patients using a hoist, bed sheet or a two man lift.
The examination is conducted in accordance with your local State or Government requirements. On successfully completing the examinations the student is issued with a Certificate III that entitles them to practice as a Certified Assistant in Nursing.