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Become A Resident Aide

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Working As A Resident 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

  • $26,695

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident 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 Resident 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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Resident Aide Career Paths

Resident Aide
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Care Assistant Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse MD Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Care Assistant Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Aide Case Manager Program Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Project Coordinator
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager Clinical Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Technician Operations Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Front Desk Coordinator Front Office Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Assistant Unit Secretary Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Assistant Director
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Aide Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Assistant Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 3.9 years
Nursing Home Aide 3.2 years
Psychiatric Aide 3.2 years
Restorative Aide 3.1 years
Mental Health Aide 2.8 years
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Hospice Aide 2.2 years
Health Aide 2.2 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Med Technician 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Resident 2.0 years
Resident Aide 2.0 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Aide 1.8 years
Emeritus 1.8 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 19.8%
Server 3.4%
Internship 2.7%
Volunteer 2.6%
Waitress 2.1%
Hostess 2.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.3%
Server 3.3%
Aide 2.8%
Internship 2.5%

Resident Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

83.9%

Male

13.8%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

83.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.3%

French

11.4%

Portuguese

2.3%

Bosnian

2.3%

Persian

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Polish

2.3%
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Resident Aide Education

Schools

Grand Rapids Community College

16.0%

Grand Valley State University

13.7%

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Everest Institute

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.2%

Muskegon Community College

4.2%

Ashford University

3.8%

Saint Petersburg College

3.8%

Community College of Allegheny County

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.4%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.1%

Mississippi Valley State University

3.1%

Syracuse University

2.7%

Columbus State Community College

2.7%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

2.7%

Onondaga Community College

2.7%

Eastern Michigan University

2.7%

Mohawk Valley Community College

2.7%

Ross Medical Education Center

2.7%
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Majors

Nursing

18.9%

Medical Assisting Services

13.5%

Nursing Assistants

8.4%

Business

7.9%

Health Care Administration

7.4%

Psychology

6.6%

General Studies

5.1%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Social Work

4.5%

Human Services

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Cosmetology

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

2.0%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Communication

1.4%

Human Development

1.4%

Biology

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

41.2%

Bachelors

19.4%

Associate

19.0%

Certificate

7.9%

Masters

5.7%

Diploma

4.9%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Resident Aide

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Top Resident Aide Skills

  1. Laundry
  2. Personal Care
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist by providing house keeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other household requirements.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Perform client orientation to facility.
  • Assisted residents according their individual ADL requirements.
  • Helped dementia residents with activities of daily living.Assisted family members when needed.Cleaned residence and laundry.

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