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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 At Rochester Regional Health

* Resident Care.
* Assist residents with any personal care necessary, communicate effectively and recognize individual needs
* Medication Administration & Reporting.
* Assist with medication and give/receive relevant reports, both written and verbal; manage inventory of resident medication, including ordering, stocking and auditing, on a daily basis
* Housekeeping & General Assistance.
* Participate in housekeeping tasks as needed and provide assistance to residents as requested including in their residence, the dining room and during planned activities
* Rochester Regional Health is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

What Does A Resident Care Aide Do At Tufts Medical Center

* Obtains reports from the nurse on the unit prior to entering the patient's room.
* The report should include the reason the patient requires observation.
* Actively observes the patient and notifies the patient's nurse when the patient requires attention or has a change in behavior or appearance.
* Provides toileting and hygiene needs as instructed.
* Obtains nurse's signature at end of shift and returns verification of patient observation card to the Nursing Office.
* Returns to the Nursing Office if the patient no longer requires a patient care safety aide as indicated by the nurse.
* Maintains a safe environment for the patient throughout the shift.
* Report nonfunctioning equipment and other environment problem to the nursing staff.
* Observes standard precaution at all times.
* Demonstrates/applies the skills necessary to interact with the health care team in regards to the implementation of the medical/nursing plan of care.
* Accepts assignments positively and resolves issues in a mature manner.
* Promotes open communication with the nursing staff to ensure a positive work environment.
* Behaves in a kind and courteous manner to patients, families and staff.
* Accepts constructive feedback in behavior and effects a positive change in a timely manner.
* Influences others by establishing a climate for optimal patient care, mutually supportive collegial relationships and professional development.
* Maintains attendance standard.
* Takes breaks/lunch when nursing staff on the unit can accommodate coverage for the patient.
* Maintain positive customer relations in all interactions.
* Arrives to work on time and remains until the end of assigned shift.
* Adheres to dress code.
* Gray scrub tops and bottoms Responsibilities: Ability to observe patient according to patient care safety aide guidelines and competencies.
* Ability to provide hygiene and toileting needs to patients they are observing.
* Ability to effectively communicate patient needs or changes to the nursing team.
* Possesses and applies the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care to patients throughout the life span, with consideration of aging process, human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.
* Has the skills and knowledge to provide care to various age groups including: Knowledge of growth and development Providing age appropriate communication High school diploma or GED Basic Life Support Certification requiredCompletion of Nursing Assistant certification, Medical Assistant certification, or home health aide program required.
* EMS and nursing students welcome to applyPrevious patient care experience in a hospital or nursing home is preferred but is not required.
* Prolonged sitting or walking Exposure to sick patients, bodily substances and other transmissible infections Subjected to irregular work hours Must remain alert and engaged in observing patient.
* Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfers patients Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances Subject to varying and unpredictable situations May have contact with hazardous

What Does A Resident Care Aide Do At The Retreat

* Will include bathing, transferring, light housekeeping chores, helping with meals.
* HOURS/DAYS: Multiple shifts available.
* Openings now for evening and night shifts
* WAGES: Wages start at $10 an hour and can increase based upon shift times, experience, and

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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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Resident Care Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Albanian

  • Dutch

  • Ilocano

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

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Top Skills for A Resident Care Aide


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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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