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Become A Patient Care Assistant

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Working As A Patient Care 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

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Patient Care Assistant Do

A Patient Care Assistant provides nursing and technical care to patients. They work under the supervision of nurses in a hospital or nursing care facility.

How To Become A Patient Care 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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Top Skills for A Patient Care Assistant

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Top Patient Care Assistant Skills

  1. Personal Care
  2. Vital Signs
  3. ADL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted the RN with dressings, treatments, and other personal cares.
  • Obtained vital signs, temperature, heights, and other specific parameters as directed.
  • Provided AM & ADL care as a new graduate nurse to clients of all ages and status.
  • Test, troubleshoot, and repair PCAs, computer assemblies and test fixtures.
  • Perform EKG's; discontinue IV's and Foley catheters.

Top Patient Care Assistant Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Patient Care Assistant

  1. Cleveland Clinic
  2. Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts
  3. University Hospital
  4. Rescare
  5. Baptist Memorial Hospital
  6. Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
  7. Stavros
  8. Right at Home
  9. Raritan Bay Medical Center
  10. Home Health Care
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