An STNA is a nurse aide who provides patient care while working alongside healthcare professionals.
STNA is a title for a state-tested person working as a nurse aide in Ohio state.
The terms CNA, STNA, LNA, and NA essentially mean the same thing.
The titles are determined by the state where a person works.
For example, nurse aides are known as CNA in Florida, Delaware, and Maine.
In New Jersey and Connecticut, they are known as NAs.
Ohio uses the term State Tested Nurse Assistants or State Tested Nursing Aides.
Ohio is the only state using this title for nursing assistants.
What Does an STNA Do?
An STNA is a trained medical professional who assists doctors and nurses in providing patient care.
They provide such services and bathing, grooming patients, changing bed linens, feeding, or assisting with meals.
They also monitor and record vital signs of patients, help with ambulation, medical procedures, cleaning and dressing wounds, and monitoring patients during their shift.
Typically, STNAs work in long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
However, they can also be employed in clinics and hospitals.
They aren’t allowed to prescribe medication or perform medical procedures.
STNAs should receive formal training, pass a background check, and a certification exam to get their license.
Where Can I Find State Tested Nurse Assistant Classes?
STNAs can find classes in community colleges, high schools, technical schools, some hospitals, and the Red Cross.
Aspiring STNAs can even find free STNA classes in many places in Ohio.
Some websites and places offer STNA practice exams too, so students can prepare for the certification exam and determine the areas they need to study.
How Long Does it Take to Get STNA Certification?
Future STNAs should meet certain requirements before they can sit for the certification exam.
They should complete the training program known as the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP).
Under the laws in Ohio, the program should consist of at least 75 hours.
Out of this, 59 hours should be spent in the classroom, and the remaining 16, on-the-job in a long-term care facility under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
After completing this 16-hour training, students can start interacting with patients.
The training can take a few weeks.
After students complete all the required classes, they will get a Certificate of Completion from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
Then, they can register for the certification exam known as the Ohio Nurse Aide Skills Test.
The examination is administered through the ODH and managed by the D & S Diversified Technologies.
Students can sit for the exam in one of the D & S Diversified Technologies sites located throughout the state.
The examination consists of 79 questions related to five nursing aide skilled areas.
Students have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
Once they pass the examination, candidates can enroll in the Ohio Nurse Aide Registry.
STNA Salary in Ohio
CNAs’, STNAs’, and nursing aides’ salaries vary by state.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual salary of nursing assistants ranges from $20,680 to $38,630, with $28,540 on average, as of May 2017.
The average wages of STNAs in Ohio were $26,740, with an average hourly rate of $12.85.
The salary can depend on a variety of factors, such as training and experience, location, and employer.
Location influences salary greatly.
For example, the highest wages are offered in Alaska, and the lowest in Louisiana, with $37,950 and $21,880 per year respectively.
Career Outlook for STNAs
With the aging boomer population, CNAs and STNAs are needed to care for the elderly.
The only thing limiting their employment is the fact that a lot of STNAs work in government-funded agencies.
With decreasing spending of the government, such programs as Medicaid and Medicare get decreased funding.
So patients find it harder to pay for care.
However, those CNAs and STNAs who work in clinics and hospitals are still in high demand.
The employment rate for nursing assistants is expected to grow by 11% by 2026.
STNAs in Ohio will see the 5.2% growth by 2026.
The smaller rate can be explained by the fact that Ohio is a relatively small state.
Even though 2.5% is lower than the national average, it still translates into about 3,580 new job openings for STNAs.