In the healthcare industry, State Tested Nurse Aides or STNAs are an important part of any hospital, long-term care facility, or medical clinic. They provide patients with basic needs such as bathing, dressing, and eating as well as monitor their health and vital signs. They are also often the first line of care for a patient.
STNAs are also known as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) in most states. In Ohio, however, they are only called “STNA.” Regardless of the title, the job is the same. STNAs work in nursing homes, hospitals, and sometimes even at home through staffing agencies.
The pay for an STNA is fairly average for a nursing profession. They make more than a Home Health Aide (HHA) but less than Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs). In Ohio, the average STNA makes $31,330 per year.
To become an STNA in Ohio, you must complete a state-approved training program. The program is usually 75 hours, which includes 59 hours of lecture and 16 hours of clinicals at a partner nursing home. You must also pass a background check to get into the class.
The most common STNA jobs are in nursing homes and hospitals, but you can also find them in assisted living facilities and even at home through staffing agencies. Some people also choose to be an STNA as a bridge into other nursing roles, such as a nurse practitioner or an ICU nurse.