Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.
- Education Requirements: Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work.
- Soft Skills: Communication skills, compassion and patience
- Average Annual Salary: $26,600
- 3 in state schools: Caregiver Training Institute (Portland, OR), Linn Benton Community College (Albany, OR), Klamath Community College (Klamath Falls, OR)
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