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Working As A Resident 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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Care Assistant 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 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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Resident Care Assistant Career Paths

Resident Care Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Substitute Teacher Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Case Manager
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Assistant Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Physician Assistant Clinical Manager
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Staff Nurse MDS Coordinator
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Nurses' Aide Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Home Health Care 2.7 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Hospitality Aide 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Resident Care Assistant
Cashier 16.1%
Internship 3.2%
Server 3.1%
Waitress 2.2%
Volunteer 2.1%
Hostess 1.7%
Top Careers After Resident Care Assistant
Cashier 6.1%
Server 2.5%
Internship 1.9%

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Top Skills for A Resident Care Assistant

  1. Resident Care
  2. Personal Laundry
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided personalized compassion and supportive resident care to assisted living senior residents to help with dependent and independent living.
  • Provided assistance with bathing, personal laundry, medication reminders, dressing and grooming as needed.
  • Provided residents with exceptional personal care services including grooming, medication, and toileting support.
  • Provided patients with daily medical assistance involving various aspects of out-patient care Participated in several social activities and resident programs with patients
  • Assisted residents on dementia care unit with ADL's including showers, dressing, and bed baths.

Resident Care Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

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Resident Care Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

76.5%

Unknown

12.4%

Male

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

67.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.2%

French

4.7%

Hindi

3.1%

Hmong

3.1%

Portuguese

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Filipino

1.6%

German

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Ilocano

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Thai

1.6%
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Resident Care Assistant Education

Schools

Chippewa Valley Technical College

7.6%

Eastern Michigan University

7.2%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Everest Institute

6.2%

Riverland Community College

6.2%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

5.2%

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

5.2%

Kent State University

5.2%

Washtenaw Community College

4.8%

Monroe Community College

4.8%

Baker College

4.8%

Bryant and Stratton College

4.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.5%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

4.1%

Madison Area Technical College

4.1%

Ross Medical Education Center

4.1%

Lakeshore Technical College

3.8%

Globe University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.4%

Henry Ford College

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

29.4%

Medical Assisting Services

15.4%

Nursing Assistants

8.6%

Business

8.4%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Psychology

4.6%

General Studies

3.5%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Social Work

2.5%

Biology

2.0%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Human Services

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Cosmetology

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Kinesiology

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

38.9%

Bachelors

22.4%

Associate

17.7%

Certificate

9.1%

Diploma

5.7%

Masters

3.8%

License

2.1%

Doctorate

0.2%
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