Nursing Aide Career: Jobs & Salary in NY

With more than 1,564,300 Nurse Aides employed in 2016, the Nurse Aide position is one of the most needed healthcare roles in the United States.

Based on the recent job search conducted by the Institute of Career Continuity, there are more than 2,400 Nurse Aide job openings in the NY area alone.

While the median salary is estimated at ~$30,000, there are positions in government facilities such as VA hospitals that can pay as much as $40,000 per year. According to, based on hourly wages, New York state is the second highest paying state for Nurse Aides.

With 1.5m employed and an 11% job growth rate, once you become a Nursing Assistant, you are very unlikely to worry about unemployment.

What do Nursing Assistants do?

Nurse Aides help patients with daily living activities and healthcare needs under the direct supervision of a registered or licensed nurse. While many passionate professionals dedicate their lives to the nurse aide role, many also use the job as a launch pad for their healthcare career and use the hands-on patient experience to become registered nurses.

Here are some of the many tasks that Nurse Aides perform:

  • Obtaining vital signs per protocol
  • Turning or repositioning patients
  • Gathering supplies for the RN or MD
  • Answering patient calls
  • Documentation of information obtained
  • Feeding patients, measuring and recording their food and liquid intake
  • Stock supplies
  • Preparing rooms for admissions 
  • Helping with medical procedures
  • Dressing wounds

What kind of education do I need?

While every employer has their own criteria for the type of individual that they are looking to hire, all employers look for nurse aide professionals who have been certified by the state.

In order to obtain your certification, you need to complete a rigorous but efficient course of study. At Institute of Career Continuity, we offer a Certified Nurse Aide program approved by New York State Education Department that includes 60 hours of theory, 35 hours of practical clinical training, and the required 30-hour internship in a long-term residential healthcare facility.

Upon completion of the program, you will be qualified to sit for the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Competency Examination.

Once I finish my education, how much experience do I need in order to find a job?

The Nurse Aide role is still considered to be an entry level job. As you think about the process of looking for your first job, this is actually an important advantage as you can start your career faster without worrying about having years of relevant experience under your belt.

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