What Is a Student Nurse Technician?

While training to become a registered nurse or a nurse's aide, you'll need to be a student nurse at some point. As a student nurse technician, you'll assist nurses with daily tasks while completing your clinical rotations. Read about this unique position and how it fits into a nurse education program. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Student Nurse Technician?

In some health care settings, student nurse technicians may act as nurse's aides or assistants. In either instance, assisting nurses with tasks such as bathing, feeding and assisting patients, checking vitals, drawing blood and sterilizing equipment.

You could help patients in and out of bed, walk them through the halls and accompany them to surgery. As a student, you'll likely be given smaller jobs that require less experience, such as cleaning rooms, stocking shelves, collecting samples, stripping linens and making beds. In general, you'll learn as much as possible about the work of nurses by observing and asking questions.

Take a look at the following table for info about the field of nurse technicians.

Education Field of Study Nursing aide; nursing assistant; nursing
Key Responsibilities Assisting nurses with basic patient care and preparation
Job Growth (2014-2024) 18% (nursing assistants)
Median Salary (2016) $26,590 (nursing assistants)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Comes First?

You must first finish high school and enter a nursing program. While in high school, you can take courses in science, math and health to prepare you for working with the human body. Seeking cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification from either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association can be beneficial.

Choosing a nursing program that meets your goals is important. You can seek out programs to become a nurse's aide, an LPN or an RN. Any program will teach you the basics of medical terminology, biology, patient care, anatomy and medical systems.

What Comes Next?

Depending on the program you've chosen, after completing work as a student nurse technician, your path will vary. If you have taken a 1-year nursing certificate program, you may be prepared to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's (NCSBN) NCLEX-LPN exam, which can help in your state's licensing process as an LPN (www.ncsbn.org).

An associate's or bachelor's degree program prepares you for the NCLEX-RN exam, which can be used in the RN licensing process. After you've sought licensure, you can consider continuing your education in a specific nursing field, such as pediatrics, cardiology or radiology. These programs require higher education, a clinical experience and additional certification.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers

Related careers outside of nurses include home health aides, personal care aides and medical assistants. Home health and personal care aides work with patients who have disabilities or chronic illnesses at their residence. They assist them with daily living needs, such as grooming. Medical assistants work in healthcare facility offices, overseeing administrative tasks, measuring vital signs and preparing blood samples. These professionals need a postsecondary certificate to enter the field, while care aides need no formal education.

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