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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

  • $28,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Restorative Aide 3.3 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.5 years
Health Aide 2.5 years
Hospice Aide 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Aide 1.9 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Hospice Aide
Cashier 6.6%
Aide 1.1%
Assistant 1.0%
Top Careers After Hospice Aide
Cashier 2.7%
Aide 1.1%

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Top Skills for A Hospice Aide

  1. Patient Care
  2. Personal Care Service
  3. ADL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cited for excellence in interpersonal communications, teamwork, patient care, flexibility and reliability.
  • Provide personal care services under the direction of the RN case worker.
  • Travel to patients that are in their own homes or in a facility and provide every day ADL's.
  • Collaborated, communicated, and consulted with team members, family members, to provide comfort and dignity to hospice patients.
  • Counseled grieving caregivers and family members to provide mental and emotional support; made referrals when appropriate to community support/service providers.

Hospice Aide Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,000 Hospice Aide resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Hospice Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

76.9%

Unknown

14.0%

Male

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Black or African American

13.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Dakota

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Somali

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%
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Hospice Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.6%

Kaplan University

7.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.9%

Ashford University

6.3%

The Academy

5.8%

Houston Community College

5.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.8%

Baker College

4.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.7%

Ocean County College

3.7%

Concorde Career College

3.7%

Wayne County Community College District

3.2%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3.2%

Virginia College - Birmingham

3.2%

Oakland Community College

3.2%

Delaware County Community College

3.2%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.2%

Lansing Community College

2.6%

Columbus State Community College

2.6%

Community College of Philadelphia

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

37.6%

Nursing Assistants

14.7%

Medical Assisting Services

10.1%

Health Care Administration

7.5%

Business

5.9%

General Studies

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Psychology

2.8%

Human Services

2.3%

Social Work

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.4%

Pharmacy

1.1%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.0%

Liberal Arts

0.9%

Management

0.9%

Health Sciences And Services

0.9%

Cosmetology

0.8%

Education

0.8%
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Degrees

Other

49.2%

Associate

16.1%

Certificate

12.5%

Bachelors

12.2%

Diploma

5.0%

License

2.9%

Masters

1.9%

Doctorate

0.2%
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