The program offered by Columbus STNA School is a Nurse Aide Training (STNA) and Competency program approved by the state of Ohio. This course prepares students to enter the health care provider workforce. STNA training and certification also are pre-requisite for individuals wishing to enroll in a nursing program (LPN AND RN). The course is 75 hours completed in 12 days. The program consists of lectures and labs followed immediately by clinical rotation at a long-term health care facility.
9:00am – 3:30pm x 10 days in classroom
7:00am – 3:30pm x 2 days clinical at long-term health care facility
Students who successfully complete these STNA Classes will be eligible to take the state test for nurse aides. After successfully completing the state test, you will be placed on the Ohio Nursing Assistant Registry.
What is a State Tested Nursing Assistant?
State tested nursing assistants (STNAs), also known as nurses aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to provide assistance to patients with daily living tasks.
Working closely with patients, STNAs are responsible for basic care services such as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, assisting nurses with medical equipment, and checking patient vital signs. STNAs give patients important social and emotional support and also provide vital information on patient conditions to nurses.
They can be found in nursing homes, hospitals, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, even personal homes. Wherever there is a need for personal care, Certified Nursing Assistants are the ones who, for the most part, perform the most basic needs for patients, young and old alike. They work under the supervision of a nurse. Since aides have extensive daily contact with each patient, they are key to providing vital information on the patients’ conditions to the nurse.
Job prospects for STNAs are expected to be excellent due to the increasing long-term care needs of an aging population.
Nursing assistants work closely with patients and provide assistance with daily living tasks, such as:
- Dressing (according to patients’ needs, ranging from minimal assistance to totally dependent)
- Bathing (bed baths, tub baths, showers)
- Feeding (serving meals, physically feeding patients who are unable to do so themselves)
- Toileting (assisting with bedpans & urinals, help to the bathroom, provide incontinent care for patients who need it)
- Vital signs (Blood pressure, pulse, etc)
- Catheter care (emptying, upkeep of Intake & Output sheets when necessary)
- Answering call lights in a timely fashion
- Assist patients with ambulation, when needed
- Range of Motion Exercises, as prescribed by physical therapy
- Assist patients in wheelchairs
- Making beds and keeping the patients’ rooms and belongings neat and organized
- Ensuring that bedridden patients are turned at least every two hours, to ensure comfort and to prevent bedsores
- Report all changes, physical and mental, of the patients to the nurse
- Post Mortem Care
- Safety awareness–keeping an eye on wanderers and watching for potentially dangerous situations
- Documentation–Accurate & timely daily documentation on the care provided to each patient.
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A nursing assistant’s job does not end with the physical needs of the patients. This is a job which requires compassion and a desire to make people comfortable and happy. Register for our STNA classes today!