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Working As A Hospice Aide

  • 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

  • $43,596

    Average Salary

What Does A Hospice Aide 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 Hospice Aide

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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Hospice Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

88.1%

Male

9.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.5%

French

18.2%

Portuguese

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Tagalog

4.5%

Somali

4.5%

Dakota

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%
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Hospice Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Ashford University

11.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

7.7%

Kaplan University

7.7%

Camden County College

5.5%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.4%

Lansing Community College

4.4%

Trident Technical College

4.4%

University of Toledo

4.4%

Walden University

4.4%

Delaware County Community College

4.4%

Georgia State University

3.3%

Delgado Community College

3.3%

Chipola College

3.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.3%

Southeastern Community College

3.3%

Baker College

3.3%

Remington College

3.3%

Ocean County College

3.3%

Wor-Wic Community College

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

29.9%

Nursing Assistants

17.9%

Medical Assisting Services

8.8%

Health Care Administration

8.4%

Business

6.3%

General Studies

3.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Social Work

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Human Services

2.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.1%

Cosmetology

1.1%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Clinical Psychology

1.1%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

0.9%
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Degrees

Other

47.3%

Associate

16.2%

Bachelors

15.4%

Certificate

11.6%

Diploma

4.1%

License

2.8%

Masters

2.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Hospice Aide

  1. Personal Care
  2. ADL
  3. Vital Signs
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  • Assist client with daily living skills such as housekeeping and medication management Personal Care Prepare Meals Monitor oxygen levels
  • Provide individualized and highest quality of care to patients who face a life-limiting illness, provide assistance with patients ADL's.
  • Collected patient specimens and data, including vital signs, input/output and other delegated measurements.
  • Provided total personal care and emotional support to terminally ill patients, their families and caregivers
  • Monitor and record temperature, pulse, respiration's and blood pressure, as directed by the RN Significant.

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