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Become A Resident Care Aide

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Working As A Resident Care 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

  • $25,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Care 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 Care 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 Care Aide Career Paths

Resident Care Aide
Cleaner Security Officer Night Auditor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Technician Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Worker Case Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nurses' Aide Registered Nurse Nurse Manager
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Maintenance Technician Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Assistant Specialist Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nurses' Aide Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Unit Secretary Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Unit Secretary Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Assistant Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Worker Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Phlebotomist Service Technician
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 3.9 years
Psychiatric Aide 3.2 years
Nursing Home Aide 3.2 years
Mental Health Aide 2.8 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Care Associate 2.3 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Health Aide 2.2 years
Hospice Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Resident 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Aide 1.8 years
Resident Aide 1.5 years
Hospitality Aide 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 13.9%
Internship 3.1%
Server 2.5%
Aide 2.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 6.8%
Aide 2.5%
Server 2.0%

Resident Care Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

86.1%

Male

12.2%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

82.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.2%

French

17.4%

Vietnamese

4.3%

German

4.3%

Albanian

4.3%

Dutch

4.3%

Ilocano

4.3%

Tagalog

4.3%

Russian

4.3%
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Resident Care Aide Education

Schools

Community College of Allegheny County

9.6%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Kellogg Community College

7.4%

Monroe Community College

7.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.7%

Baker College

6.7%

Everest Institute

5.9%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.2%

Western Michigan University

5.2%

Grand Valley State University

4.4%

Bryant and Stratton College

4.4%

Mid Michigan Community College

4.4%

Erie Community College

4.4%

Bryant & Stratton College-Buffalo

3.0%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.0%

Ferris State University

3.0%

Orange County Community College

2.2%

Kirtland Community College

2.2%

Baker College of Jackson

2.2%
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Majors

Nursing

25.2%

Medical Assisting Services

10.7%

Health Care Administration

8.5%

Nursing Assistants

8.5%

Business

8.0%

General Studies

5.8%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Psychology

4.6%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

Human Services

3.1%

Social Work

2.4%

Mental Health Counseling

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.9%

Accounting

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Sociology

1.5%

Medical Technician

1.5%

Computer Science

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

41.7%

Associate

22.3%

Bachelors

17.3%

Certificate

10.5%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

2.5%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Resident Care Aide

DailyLivingSkillsResidentLaundryPersonalCareADLDementiaResidentsAlzheimerVitalSignsDailyLivingActivitiesPersonalHygieneAssistancePassHealthyMealsCareAideMemoryCareResidentsEmotionalSupportCustomerServiceCPRFoodTraysDailyNeedsElderlyResidentsDirectPatientCare

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Top Resident Care Aide Skills

  1. Daily Living Skills
  2. Resident Laundry
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted adult with daily living skills which includes bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming, and taking medication.
  • Assist in organizing extracurricular activities, resident laundry, serving and meal prep during dining hours.
  • Provided personal care and companionship.
  • Comforted patients and provided them with reassurance and encouragement.Assisted with ADLs.
  • Increase productivity of the Alzheimer and Dementia residents through activities to keep normal brain function as long as possible.

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