UIHC: Nursing Assistant vs Psychiatric Nursing Assistant

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    Hi. I'm currently a 1st year pre-nursing student at Kirkwood who just recently came out of the Navy and I'm searching for a job. I'm applying for jobs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for a nursing assistant job and there's two different positions open for this: Nursing Assistant and Psychiatric Nursing Assistant.

    I'm just wondering what the differences between these might be. The job descriptions were essentially identical. Would I be doing the same work? Would the setting be any different? Any information would be great. Thanks.
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    The nursing assistant will work on non-psych floors where the psych one will be specifically that...if you want to go into psych nursing when you are done then that would be a great opportunity...otherwise I would go with the general one. You will get to see alot and learn a bunch there!! Good Luck.

    And do not think that a psych NA will not have to do the dirty work...cause psych patients tend to get "creative" with bodily fluids...lol!
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    Our Psych techs also lead and document daily groups (signed off by RN), in addition to NA duties.


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