UIHC: Nursing Assistant vs Psychiatric Nursing Assistant

  1. 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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  3. by   NeosynephRN
    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!
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    Our Psych techs also lead and document daily groups (signed off by RN), in addition to NA duties.