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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

  • $100,634

    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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Care Associate Career Paths

Care Associate
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Unit Secretary Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Recruiter Career Counselor
Career Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Instructor General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Office Administrator Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Assistant Director Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Medical Technologist Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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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 Careers Before Care Associate
Cashier 10.4%
Internship 6.0%
Volunteer 3.2%
Teller 2.7%
Server 2.5%
Associate 1.9%
Secretary 1.8%
Top Careers After Care Associate
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

63.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign 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 Aug 15, 2011 $50,752
SR. Managed Care Associate Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center New York, NY May 27, 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

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Blood Pressure
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist individuals at the with their ADL's taking vital signs, EKG's, and performing Blood draws when needed.
  • Measure urine and stool output, check blood sugar levels, check pulse rate and blood pressure and record food intake.
  • Assisted patients in meeting their personal care needs and provided individualized interventions while encouraging patient involvement and promoting independence.
  • Determine eligibility of applicants for Medical Assistance and review information for eligibility.
  • Build trust and minimize patient discomfort during phlebotomy procedures while efficiently collecting blood specimens.

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Top 10 Best States for Care Associates

  1. Alaska
  2. New York
  3. Nevada
  4. Connecticut
  5. North Dakota
  6. Arizona
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  8. Massachusetts
  9. Hawaii
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