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Become A Hospital Corpsman

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Working As A Hospital Corpsman

  • 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

  • $71,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hospital Corpsman 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 Hospital Corpsman

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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Hospital Corpsman Career Paths

Hospital Corpsman
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Administrator Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Staff Nurse MDS Coordinator
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Adjunct Instructor Chairperson
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Clinical Coordinator Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Surgical Technician Clinical Coordinator Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Therapist Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Chief Technologist
Imaging Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Paramedic Adjunct Faculty Psychotherapist
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Hospital Corpsman

  1. Patient Care
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Medical Records
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered quality patient care alongside physicians and was routinely requested to assist with patient procedures.
  • Served at the Internal Medicine Clinic as Electrocardiogram Technician, Hospital Corpsman and Patient Contact Representative.
  • Administered injections, accurately documented patient history, and accurately filed medical records.
  • Conducted clinical laboratory tests operating laboratory equipment.
  • Interviewed patients to obtain medical information including vital signs, patient medical history.

Hospital Corpsman Resume Examples And Tips

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Hospital Corpsman Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

28.1%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

Italian

4.4%

French

3.8%

Tagalog

3.3%

Swedish

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Portuguese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Thai

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Russian

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Mandarin

0.5%

Bulgarian

0.5%

Dari

0.5%

Cebuano

0.5%
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Hospital Corpsman Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

National University

8.3%

Naval School of Health Sciences

7.1%

Kaplan University

6.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

5.0%

Tidewater Community College

4.8%

George Washington University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.7%

Trident University International

4.5%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

Liberty University

4.0%

ECPI University

3.1%

Excelsior College

3.0%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.0%

Old Dominion University

2.9%

Capella University

2.9%

Columbia Southern University

2.8%

Troy University

2.8%

American University

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

22.8%

Business

15.4%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Medical Technician

6.9%

Psychology

4.7%

Health Sciences And Services

4.7%

General Studies

4.5%

Medical Assisting Services

4.4%

Management

4.0%

Biology

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Public Health

3.0%

Education

2.3%

Medicine

2.2%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Computer Science

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%

Kinesiology

1.5%

Hospitality Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.6%

Other

26.0%

Associate

17.1%

Masters

15.2%

Certificate

5.5%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.8%
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