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Become A Care Associate

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Working As A Care Associate

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $28,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Care Associate Do At KPMG

* Participate in client engagements and work streams focused on improvement and optimization of processes surrounding clinical, quality, operational and financial outcomes across the different levels of healthcare services
* Communicate regularly with project managers, project teams and representatives from various functional teams, including escalating any matters that require additional analysis
* Take ownership and responsibility for completing assigned tasks with limited supervision; support effective and thorough research, data gathering and analysis
* Assist peers in project delivery, seek team learning/support opportunities, and work in teams assisting clients across the entire care continuum
* Utilize problem solving skills, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, intellectual rigor to question the breaking down and analyzing of complex issues when framing approaches for potential solutions
* Assist in proposal development and other new business development activities

What Does A Care Associate Do At Northwell Health

* Assists with the unit’s admission and discharge processes.
* Establishes good interpersonal relationships with families/visitors and hospital staff.
* Reports vital information to all levels of the healthcare team, as needed.
* Conveys needed information to patients and visitors.
* Maintains good communication with co-workers for proper team functioning.
* Communicates pertinent patient observations to members of the health care team.
* Performs direct patient care as assigned for designated group of patients.
* Obtains and documents patient vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, respirations, pulse, weight, and height) using appropriate equipment.
* Apprises the Registered Nurse and health care team of any observed significant changes in the patient’s condition.
* Communicates written and verbal information.
* Responds to patient requests and/or call light.
* Maintains a safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients and families in accordance with hospital standards.
* Functions in an emergency situation as a team member with guidance from supervisory personnel.
* Assists with restrained patients according to established policy.
* Performs grade I and II decubitus care, as directed.
* Performs activities of daily living appropriate to patient’s condition.
* Uses proper body mechanics, obtains help and/or uses appropriate equipment when lifting, moving or transferring patients from bed to chair, putting them on stretchers and assisting them into wheelchairs.
* Performs delegated patient care procedures.
* Obtains and labels specimens, and performs certain diagnostic tests consistent with established procedures, as directed.
* Performs phlebotomy procedures.
* Performs telemetry and electrocardiograms, as directed.
* Uses clinical knowledge in the care and management of patients based on diagnoses and the unit assigned.
* Performs related duties, as required

What Does A Care Associate Do At Highmark Health

* Provides, obtains or performs and documents direct patient care and activities such as: activities of daily living, instructing and observing patient on incentive spirometer and/or cough and deep breathing, skin survey, vital signs, ambulation, specimen collection, phlebotomy, intake and output, meal consumption, height and weight, 12 lead EKG testing, blood glucose testing/monitoring, point of care testing, bladder scanning, transporting of patients and their charts, documentation of O2, clean catheterization technique (per hospital protocol), simple dressing changes, dry dressings, removal of Foley catheters, assistance with exams, treatments and procedures.
* May also: encourage and observe patient on incentive spirometry and/or cough/deep breathing; accurately analyze and interpret ECG rhythms according to procedure. (50%)
* Participates in quality and patient satisfaction initiatives which may include hourly rounding, promoting safety such as fall prevention, hand washing, isolation protocol and maintaining an orderly environment and participates actively in related departmental committees such as shared governance committees. (20%)
* Accurately documents vital signs, weights, I&O, restraints, specimen collection, ECG completion, and all other treatments.
* Reports to nursing staff changes in patient's physical, mental, or emotional condition as well as any issues or concerns identified. (15%)
* Participates in unit activities such as stocking supplies, transporting patients and cleaning, checking and retrieving equipment/appliances. (15%)
* May function in the role of unit secretary as needed.
* Performs other duties as assigned or required

What Does A Care Associate Do At Mercy Health

* The Health Care Associate works with his/her team partner(s), the Registered Nurse and the Hospitality Associate, to provide direct patient care.
* As a member of the Patient Care Team, the Associate is cross-trained to perform a wide range of essential patient services.
* The Associate performs a variety of basic population-specific duties to assist in the care of the patients under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN).
* All clinical care will be done under the direction of the RN who has determined appropriate tasks for delegation.
* The Health Care Associate makes observations as directed by the RN and reports deviations to the RN

What Does A Care Associate Do At Ascension Health

* Assists with treatments ordered by physician and supervised by a Registered Nurse (RN).
* Assists patients with tending to personal care and activities of daily living.
* Reports findings or changes in physical, mental and emotional conditions to nursing staff.
* Assists with keeping patient rooms clean and orderly.
* On the Behavioral Medicine Unit, successful completion of CPI and be physically capable of implementing CPI techniques.
* The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job.
* It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements

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How To Become A Care Associate

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.

Education and Training

Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program in which they learn the basic principles of nursing and complete supervised clinical work. These programs are found in high schools, community colleges, vocational and technical schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

In addition, nursing assistants typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training to learn about their specific employer’s policies and procedures.

Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma and receive a short period of on-the-job training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

After completing a state-approved education program, nursing assistants take a competency exam. Passing this exam allows them to use state-specific titles. In some states, a nursing assistant or aide is called a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), but titles vary from state to state.

Nursing assistants who have passed the competency exam are placed on a state registry. Nursing assistants must be on the state registry to work in a nursing home.

Some states have other requirements as well, such as continuing education and a criminal background check. Check with state boards of nursing or health for more information.

In some states, nursing assistants can earn additional credentials, such as becoming a Certified Medication Assistant (CMA). As a CMA, they can give medications.

Orderlies do not need a license, however, many jobs require a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, which shows they are trained to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Nursing assistants and orderlies must be able to communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns. They also need to relay important information to other healthcare workers.

Compassion. Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly. Doing so requires a compassionate and empathetic attitude.

Patience. The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful. Nursing assistants and orderlies must have patience in order to complete these tasks.

Physical stamina. Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet. They should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or moving patients.

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Care Associate Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Swahili

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Urdu

  • Dutch

  • Vietnamese

  • Cherokee

  • Romanian

  • Luganda

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Real Care Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Managed Care Associate Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY May 20, 2014 $59,750
Senior Health Care Associate United Healthcare Services, Inc. Falls Church, VA Dec 27, 2009 $59,301 -
SR. Managed Care Associate Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY May 27, 2011 $50,752
SR. Managed Care Associate Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY Aug 15, 2011 $50,752
Pharmaceutical Lab Care Associate Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC Aug 15, 2009 $44,000

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Top Skills for A Care Associate


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Top Care Associate Skills

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Phlebotomy
  3. Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed basic patient care duties including taking vital signs, performing EKG, and assisting Registered Nurses.
  • Collect blood culture and conduct Glucose test as per the Nursing team Accomplishments EKG, Phlebotomy and wound care
  • Provided flexible assistance through cross training and support to meet and exceed performance, customer satisfaction, and service level goals.
  • Check in/out in electronic health care systems Deal with paper and electronic charts Provide daily satisfaction Patient Vitals and lab duties
  • Communicated with professional staff regarding pertinent observations concerning the condition of patients.

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