Nursing Aid

Salary/Compensation

A Nursing Aide in the Philippines receives an entry level salary range of P8,000 - P10,000 a month. In the U.S. and Canada, a Nursing Aide’s average monthly pay is benchmarked at $2,003 or approximately $24,040 per annum.

Basic Educational Requirement

The basic educational requirement is an Associate degree consisting of a two year course where practical nursing orderly program is supervised by a licensed health professional. Some employers may also require completion of specialized courses such as CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), first aid and food handling/sterile processing.

Cost of Education *

The cost of education ranges from P13,000 to P30,000 per semester for a two-year course in Practical Nursing. However, some training schools offer a Healthcare Services training course for a period of 8 months.

Employment Opportunities

The second biggest requirement in the health service sector is Nursing Assistants with the demand coming mostly from private hospitals and health facilities that are available nationwide. The overseas market will continue to be a source of employment for Filipino health workers due to the aging population of developed economies. Nursing assistants may be employed in the following industries: Hotels and Restaurants, Health and Social Work, Private Households with Employed Persons and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Opportunities for advancement within this occupation is limited. To enter other health occupations, nursing assistants generally need additional formal training. Experience as an aide can also help individuals decide whether to pursue a career in the health-care field.

Nature of Work

A Nursing Assistant assists in the care of patients under the direct supervision of licensed health professionals. He/She works as a member of the nursing team in hospitals, nursing homes, private homes and a variety of other settings.

Tasks

  • Answers patient’s call lights;
  • Delivers messages; serve meals; make beds;
  • Helps patients eat, dress and bathe;
  • Provides skin care to patients;
  • Takes patients’ temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure;
  • Helps patients get in and out of bed and walk;
  • Escorts patients to operating and examining rooms;
  • Keeps patients room neat;
  • Sets up equipment, store and move supplies, or assist with some procedures; and
  • Observes patients’ physical, mental and emotional conditions and report any change to the nursing or medical staff.

Skills and Competencies

  • Good at communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Strong interpersonal skills as they work with persons who need extensive personal care;
  • Flexible and have a keen eye for detail; and
  • Ability to strictly follow instructions.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit as he/she spends many hours standing and walking, moving patients in and out of the bed or helping them stand or walk, and often face heavy workload;
  • Tactful, understanding, emotionally stable and dependable, honest and discreet and have a desire to help people;
  • Able to work as part of a team; and
  • Must observe hygiene and good grooming at all times.

* Based on 2011 rates.