What is an STNA?
A State Tested Nursing Assistant, or STNA, is a skilled, trained caregiver who works in an assisting role, helping registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and physicians in the delivery of patient care. STNAs require formal training, testing, a criminal background check and passage of a state licensing examination. STNA duties include, but are not limited to:
- Bedside care
- Changing bed linens
- Bathing assistance
- Restroom assistance
- Feeding assistance
- Helping patients feel comfortable in bed
- Assisting patients in mobility tasks
Working as an STNA can be an intelligent way to decide if working in the healthcare field is for you, and is a great first step if you want to train for a career in Nursing. It’s also a great career choice in itself too — many people decide to stay with it most of their lives. It provides you with a steady income, benefits, a retirement plan, and insurance benefits. Financially, it can be a fantastic career option. But, if you’re using your STNA certification as a stepping-stone toward a higher degree nursing career, it can help you pay for your education along the way. And these days many nursing schools look for you to have your STNA certificate as a pre-requisite for their program.
Where do STNAs Work?
You are not limited to only working in a hospital. Other places you can work are:
- Long-term care facilities
- Nursing homes
- Hospice care facilities
- Patients’ homes
- Retirement communities
- Rehabilitation centers
- Health clinics
Employment Outlook 2014-24*
14.96% increase in demand for STNAs
Mean Salary 2017 (Ohio)*
Source: * US Bureau of Labor Statistics
Does a Career as an STNA interest you?
If so, the Fostoria Learning Center is NOW ENROLLING for its STNA program. To find out more contact:
Fostoria Learning Center
Phone: (419) 408-5540
Classes are held at the Fostoria Learning Center