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.
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
- 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.
- 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.