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Working As A Career Assistant

  • 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

  • $26,695

    Average Salary

What Does A Career Assistant 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 Career Assistant

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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Career Assistant Career Paths

Career Assistant
VET Assistant Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Clerk Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Service Director
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
VET Assistant Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Legal Assistant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Care Provider 2.5 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.3 years
Health Aide 2.2 years
Med Technician 2.2 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Career Assistant 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Resident Aide 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 13.8%
Internship 6.5%
Volunteer 5.6%
Waitress 3.2%
Assistant 2.8%
Server 2.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 9.2%
Internship 7.5%
Volunteer 4.2%
Server 3.2%
Assistant 3.2%
Teacher 2.4%

Career Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

76.9%

Male

20.9%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

80.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

9.6%

Russian

4.6%

Swedish

2.5%

Korean

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Greek

2.0%

German

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Gujarati

1.0%

Ukrainian

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Swahili

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Career Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

University of Central Arkansas

7.4%

Liberty University

7.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.3%

Ashford University

5.9%

Grand Canyon University

5.5%

Southern Union State Community College

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Ball State University

4.8%

Arkansas State University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Auburn University

4.0%

Everest Institute

3.7%

Saint Cloud State University

3.7%

Johnson County Community College

3.7%

Capella University

3.7%

University of Missouri - Columbia

3.7%

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

3.3%

Oregon State University

3.3%

Saginaw Valley State University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

16.8%

Business

13.6%

Medical Assisting Services

9.8%

Psychology

7.9%

Nursing Assistants

6.1%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Biology

4.9%

Social Work

4.1%

General Studies

3.1%

Human Services

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

English

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Accounting

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Computer Science

1.7%

Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

33.0%

Associate

13.7%

Masters

9.5%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Career Assistant

CareAssistantLaundryPersonalCareMealPrepVitalSignsPersonalHygieneDailyLivingActivitiesCustomerServiceADLDementiaCPRDoctorAppointmentsAlzheimerPhoneCallsSuperviseDirectPatientCareSafeEnvironmentBloodPressureRNCarePlan

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Top Career Assistant Skills

  1. Care Assistant
  2. Laundry
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care assistant for individuals in private homes and institutional settings.
  • Provided grooming and dressing guidance, light housekeeping, laundry and linen service to include washing, ironing and folding clothes.
  • Assisted mother with daily life activities such as cooking, cleaning, personal care and child care.
  • Provided meal preparation and transportation for daily activities, such as running errands and medical appointments.
  • Observe patients' conditions, measuring and recording food/liquid intake/output and vital signs, report changes to professional staff.

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