We calculated that 12% of Care Associates are proficient in Patient Care, Vital Signs, and Health Care. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Compassion, and Patience.
We break down the percentage of Care Associates that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Patient Care, 12%
Administer a compassionate level of patient care by closely interacting with patients and building trusting PCA-patient working relationships.
- Vital Signs, 11%
Facilitated proper medical care including medication administration for clients, recorded vital signs, and accompanied to medical appointments.
- Health Care, 8%
Provided comprehensive behavioral health care management to facilitate delivery of appropriate quality care and improve program efficiency involving clinical issues.
- PCA, 7%
Lead PCA Employee round table leading to new methodology for patient coverage, resulting in decrease call bell response time.
- Phlebotomy, 7%
Assisted nursing staff with patient procedures; including phlebotomy and indwelling catheter insertions.
- CNA, 7%
Performed such care as basic CNA skills and advanced skills of a Patient Care Associate.
Most Care Associates list "Patient Care," "Vital Signs," and "Health Care" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important Care Associate responsibilities here: Communication skills can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a Care Associate to have. According to a Care Associate resume, "Nursing assistants and orderlies must communicate effectively to address patients’ or residents’ concerns" Care Associates are able to use Communication skills in the following example we gathered from a resume: "Served as an important link in patients' communications with health care team. " Another commonly found skill for being able to perform Care Associate duties is the following: Compassion. According to a Care Associate resume, "Nursing assistants and orderlies assist and care for the sick, injured, and elderly." Check out this example of how Care Associates use Compassion: "Worked under the direct supervision of a registered nurse and assisted with compassionate care and technical nursing treatments round-the-clock care. " Another skill that is quite popular among Care Associates is Patience. This skill is very critical to fulfilling every day responsibilities as is shown in this example from a Care Associate resume: "The routine tasks of cleaning, feeding, and bathing patients or residents can be stressful" This example from a resume shows how this skill is used: "Provide a safe environment while delivering patience, care, and respect for the patient. " A Care Associate responsibilities sometimes require "Physical stamina." The responsibilities that rely on this skills are shown by this resume excerpt: "Nursing assistants and orderlies spend much of their time on their feet" This resume example shows how this skill is used by Care Associates: "Helped with minor physical therapy, kept track of critical vital signs and charted them in online medical records. "
See the full list of Care Associate skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a Care Associate. We found that 38.5% of Care Associates have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 4.0% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some Care Associates have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every four Care Associates were not college graduates.
Those Care Associates who do attend college, typically earn either a Nursing degree or a Business degree. Less commonly earned degrees for Care Associates include a Medical Assisting Services degree or a Psychology degree.
Once you're ready to become a Care Associate, you should explore the companies that typically hire Care Associates. According to Care Associate resumes that we searched through, Care Associates are hired the most by Tenet Healthcare, Partners Healthcare Solutions, and McLaren Health Care. Currently, Tenet Healthcare has 177 Care Associate job openings, while there are 143 at Partners Healthcare Solutions and 106 at McLaren Health Care.
Since salary is important to some Care Associates, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Analysis Group, Raymond James, and Lincoln Financial Group. If you were to take a closer look at Analysis Group, you'd find that the average Care Associate salary is $147,873. Then at Raymond James, Care Associates receive an average salary of $85,027, while the salary at Lincoln Financial Group is $50,198.
View more details on Care Associate salaries across the United States.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Massachusetts General Hospital, DaVita, and Hartford Hospital. These three companies have hired a significant number of Care Associates from these institutions.