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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

Nursing assistants, sometimes called nursing aides, help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.

Duties

Nursing assistants provide basic care and help with activities of daily living. They typically do the following:

  • Clean and bathe patients or residents
  • Help patients use the toilet and dress
  • Turn, reposition, and transfer patients between beds and wheelchairs
  • Listen to and record patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
  • Measure patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
  • Serve meals and help patients eat

Some nursing assistants also may dispense medication, depending on their training level and the state in which they work.

In nursing homes and residential care facilities, assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their residents.

Orderlies typically do the following:

  • Assist patients with moving about the facility, such as pushing wheelchairs
  • Clean equipment and facilities
  • Change linens
  • Stock supplies

Nursing assistants and orderlies work as part of a healthcare team under the supervision of licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses.

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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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Average Length of Employment
Care Provider 2.5 years
Home Care Nurse 2.3 years
Med Technician 2.2 years
Care Partner 2.0 years
Care Associate 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.4%
Internship 6.0%
Volunteer 3.2%
Teller 2.7%
Server 2.5%
Associate 1.9%
Secretary 1.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.5%
Internship 3.2%
Volunteer 3.0%
Associate 2.2%

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Care Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

77.0%

Male

21.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

79.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.5%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.2%

French

12.3%

Polish

2.9%

Italian

2.5%

Hindi

2.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

German

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Tagalog

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Swahili

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Malayalam

1.0%

Urdu

1.0%

Dutch

0.5%

Igbo

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%
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Care Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.4%

Columbus State Community College

7.0%

Community College of Allegheny County

6.3%

Hudson Valley Community College

5.8%

Everest Institute

5.5%

Brookdale Community College

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Walden University

4.3%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Goodwin College

4.1%

Nassau Community College

4.1%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%

Rockland Community College

3.4%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

30.2%

Business

10.7%

Medical Assisting Services

9.3%

Health Care Administration

6.5%

Psychology

5.8%

Nursing Assistants

4.8%

Biology

3.9%

General Studies

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Social Work

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Human Services

2.0%

Mental Health Counseling

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Public Health

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.8%

Other

28.5%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

10.9%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

3.0%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

1.1%
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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 -
$72,000
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
Client Care Associate, Business Development Unit Towers Watson Delaware Inc. White Plains, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,000 -
$60,000
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

VitalSignsAssistancePhlebotomyPatientVitalsRNCustomerServiceADLEmergencySituationsPersonalCareBloodGlucoseLevelsPersonalHygieneBloodPressureBloodSugarCPRDailyLivingActivitiesDataEntryTelemetryDrawingBloodMedicalRecordsPCA

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  1. Vital Signs
  2. Assistance
  3. Phlebotomy
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.
  • Provided flexible assistance through cross training and support to meet and exceed performance, customer satisfaction, and service level goals.
  • Collect blood culture and conduct Glucose test as per the Nursing team Accomplishments EKG, Phlebotomy and wound care
  • Check in/out in electronic health care systems Deal with paper and electronic charts Provide daily satisfaction Patient Vitals and lab duties
  • Provided follow up as needed on customer inquiries to ensure resolution satisfies our customers and meets all internal expectations.

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