State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Salary
|Salary||$13,987 - $31,540|
|Bonus||$0.85 - $700|
|Total Pay (||$19,901 - $29,755|
|Hourly Rate||$9.58 - $13.84|
|Overtime||$9.19 - $19.69|
|Bonus||$0.85 - $700|
|Total Pay (||$19,901 - $29,755|
Job Description for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
A state tested nursing assistant (STNA) holds an entry-level position in the medical field. STNAs work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, retirement homes, and as home health aides. The education requirements vary depending on the state, but typically includes a high school diploma or equivalent, a 100-hour training program and additional instruction in CPR and first aid. Many states also require a supervised clinical rotation before certification.Read More...
STNAs assist nurses, doctors, and other health care to provide for a patient’s medical care. Job responsibilities include assisting patients with daily activities, preparing and assisting patients with meals, and transporting patients within facilities to recreation areas, meals, and medical procedures. They are also tasked with monitoring the health of residents and reporting the health status of patients to nurses. STNAs often assist in the admission and discharge of patients, as well as work to ensure that each patients individual care plan is closely followed. Often, a STNA is required to spend many hours on their feet as they check in on the many patients that they are assisting.
STNAs should possess excellent communication skills to interact successfully with healthcare staff, patients, and their families. They should also work to ensure the safety and privacy of patients at all times. A successful STNA understands basic medical terminology and is able to read and understand medical charts and related information. STNAs are required to be dependable and punctual and to have a basic proficiency with computers.
State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) Tasks
- Assists with direct patient care under the supervision of the RN or other medical professionals.
- Provide patients with help walking, exercising, and moving in and out of bed.
- Position, feed, bathe, dress and assist patients with grooming and other tasks.
- Observe patients' conditions, measure and record food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and report changes to professional staff.
Common Career Paths for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
State Tested Nursing Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Registered Nurse, where median compensation is $56K annually. The most common career progression for State Tested Nursing Assistants leads to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, where average pay is $38K annually. However, many State Tested Nursing Assistants also opt to become State Tested Nurses Aides. Typically, a State Tested Nurses Aide brings home $23K.
Popular Employer Salaries for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous State Tested Nursing Assistants include HCR ManorCare, Altercare, Saber Healthcare, Otterbein Retirement Community, and Carespring. Diversicare leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $29K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Carespring, National Church Residences, and Altercare, where earnings of $27K, $27K, or $25K are standard for State Tested Nursing Assistants.
Offering only $22K on average, HCR ManorCare seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $18K on the lower end and $39K on the higher end. Saber Healthcare, Otterbein Retirement Community, and Genesis HealthCare are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($22K, $23K, and $23K respectively).
Popular Skills for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
State Tested Nursing Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Rehabilitation, Hospice Care, Acute Care, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CPR. Most people experienced in Elder Care also know Home Health/Home Care.
Pay by Experience Level for State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for State Tested Nursing Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $22K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $24K. State Tested Nursing Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $25K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $27K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, State Tested Nursing Assistants in Cincinnati enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. State Tested Nursing Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+5 percent) and Medina (+3 percent). Mansfield is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers in Lima and Canton also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).
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