A nursing technician (nurse tech) is a nursing student licensed to work in hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics. They can provide nursing care to patients and can help with your staffing needs.
Nurse techs must be licensed and work under direct supervision of a registered nurse. Nurse techs can perform a wide variety of nursing tasks including:
- Gather information about patients
- Perform specific nursing functions
- Provide care to patients
- Work to their verified level of skill and education
Benefits of hiring nurse techs
Nurse techs who work in health care settings are eager to learn and practice their skills.
Hiring nurse techs can:
- Fill critical staffing needs
- Create a hiring pool of future licensed RNs and LPNs
- Promote partnership with local nursing programs
- Give future nurses valuable experience
- Help nursing students meet graduation requirements
“The experience that they (nursing students) get as a nurse tech or CNA even before that, has been so beneficial for them in their nursing programs that I just feel it's a win-win all the way around. For employers to cover tuition costs to help get people into the CNA program, and have a guaranteed employee for a period of time, it's a great way to recruit people into the field of nursing and ensure staffing.” – Jeannie Eylar, MSN, RN, Nursing Commission Pro tem, former Commission Chair
Laws governing nurse techs
Review the Washington State nurse tech laws to learn more about working with nurse techs:
Sample nurse tech job description
Download a sample nurse tech job description and use it to create one for your organization.
Find nurse techs
Contact the nursing programs in your area to find and recruit nurse techs.