Qualified Care Assistants: The Tide that comes

Nurse technicians Florida: taken from article RCN affiliations

Graduates of the ‘Florida State Nursing Assistant Progam’ would argue that they were well prepared to identify signs and symptoms that may indicate further investigation. Such facilities as the Erwin Technical Centre (erwin.edu) offer 165 hours of instruction: ‘The Nursing Assistant Program combines classroom theory and over 20 hours of clinical experience that prepares students to take the Florida State Certification Exam and to pursue an entry level position in a nursing home. All nursing assistants working in long term care in Florida must be certified by the State of Florida’. They state: ‘Nursing Assistants are an important liaison between the residents and nurses. Nursing Assistants are trained to notice changes in residents and report pertinent information to the nurses in charge so adjustments in care can be made. In addition, nursing assistants help residents perform activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, eating, and toileting. Nursing Assistants are the eyes, ears, and hands of medical professionals keeping residents comfortable, clean, and fed. The courses are held over either two days a week for two months, or two evenings a week for four months. Graduates are informed that: ‘The U.S. Department of Labor lists Nursing Assisting as one of the fastest growing occupations, and the need is expected to grow by 18% over the next six years’. This reflects the current emphasis on budgetary constraint, a ‘tide’ which it will be useless to swim against, and one which will inevitably encroach further on roles traditionally performed by the nurse.

The average pay in 2010 of Florida nursing assistant graduates was £7.15p per hour as of currency exchange rates applying 0ctober 22, 2013. The annual rate of pay for a patient care technician in the USA as of May 2013 was $15,866 – $42,644 for those with between one and four years experience (http://www.buzzle.com).The median rate was $26,240 (http://www.payscale.com/ ). This equates to £16, 240 per annum. The highest rate ($42,644) equates to £26,380 per annum. Newly qualified nurses in the UK typically start at £21, 000 per anum (nursing.nhscareers.nhs.), which roughly equates with the starting salary for a qualified teacher (point M1): £21,588 (ibid.). Generally, a patient care technician would, on average, expect to earn 80% of the wages of a newly qualified nurse, with nursing assistants expecting 66%. Obviously, as the newly qualified nurse progresses through pay scales, the relative ‘affordability’ on nursing assistants and nursing technicians increases. According to figures from NHS Employers, average pay in the NHS in 2012 – including basic pay plus additions such as overtime – was £30,564 for a nurse, £109,651 for a consultant, £47,702 for a manager and £36,130 for a qualified paramedic.


Erwin Technical Centre (erwin.edu)

From  http://lenin2u.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/18/


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