Nursing

Certified Nursing Assistant / Aide

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Medical Assistant

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Typical Tasks:

  • Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians’ instructions to patients.
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.

Medication Aide

Administer proper medication to patients. Take daily vital records, collect samples for testing, and record medical information and results. Keep rooms tidy and sterilize areas and equipment.

Nurse (ADN)

Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Typical Tasks:

  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions.
  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records.
  • Record patients’ medical information and vital signs.
  • Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient’s condition.
  • Inform physician of patient’s condition during anesthesia.
  • Modify patient treatment plans as indicated by patients’ responses and conditions.
  • Administer local, inhalation, intravenous, or other anesthetics.
  • Direct or supervise less-skilled nursing or healthcare personnel or supervise a particular unit.
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans.
  • Monitor all aspects of patient care, including diet and physical activity.

Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

Typical Tasks:

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients’ charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients’ conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.
  • Sterilize equipment and supplies, using germicides, sterilizer, or autoclave.
  • Answer patients’ calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients’ vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
  • Work as part of a healthcare team to assess patient needs, plan and modify care, and implement interventions.
  • Collect samples, such as blood, urine, or sputum from patients, and perform routine laboratory tests on samples.
  • Supervise nurses’ aides or assistants.
  • Make appointments, keep records, or perform other clerical duties in doctors’ offices or clinics.
Description 2016 Jobs 2020 Jobs
(Projected)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
Medium Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Certified Nursing Assistant / Aide 19,078 24,801 $8.65 $12.02 $16.35
Medical Assistant 14,699 18,521 $10.10 $13.94 $18.75
Medication Aide $9.30 $11.30 $14.10
Nurse (ADN) 48,567 63,137 $25.96 $36.54 $46.63
Vocational Nurse (LVN) 15,244 18,903 $17.31 $22.60 $33.17

Education Level:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant Aide – Certificate
  • Medical Assistant – Certificate
  • Medication Aide – Certificate
  • Nurse – Associate Degree
  • Vocational Nurse (LVN) – Certificate

Source: Career Coach – Houston – Woodlands – Sugarland, TX Region and Pay Scale

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