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Working As A Resident Care Associate

  • 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

  • $31,624

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Care Associate 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 Associate

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 Associate Career Paths

Resident Care Associate
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Executive Executive Chef
Dietary Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Staff Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Resident Specialist Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Worker Home Health Aid Activities Director
Life Enrichment Director
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Unit Secretary Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Worker Mental Health Technician Residential Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nurses' Aide Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nurses' Aide Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Technician Licensed Practical Nurse
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Care Provider 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.4 years
Nurses' Aide 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
Med Technician 2.2 years
Resident 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Resident Assistant 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Resident Care Associate
Cashier 13.8%
Internship 3.9%
Volunteer 3.2%
Server 2.8%
Waitress 2.7%
Teller 2.2%
Top Careers After Resident Care Associate
Cashier 6.2%
Internship 3.4%
Resident 2.1%

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Resident Care Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

82.7%

Male

15.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

8.2%

Arabic

6.1%

Vietnamese

4.1%

Portuguese

2.0%

Hindi

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Bosnian

2.0%

Serbian

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Armenian

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Croatian

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Resident Care Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Lansing Community College

7.0%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

6.3%

Sinclair Community College

6.3%

Kaplan University

6.3%

Ross Medical Education Center

6.3%

Fox Valley Technical College

5.6%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

5.6%

Everest Institute

4.9%

Baker College

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Texas State University

4.2%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

3.5%

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

3.5%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.5%

Career Quest Learning Center

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

Bristol Community College

3.5%
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Majors

Nursing

25.1%

Nursing Assistants

10.9%

Medical Assisting Services

10.8%

Business

8.0%

Health Care Administration

6.8%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

Psychology

4.7%

General Studies

4.1%

Social Work

2.9%

Human Services

2.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Education

2.0%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Public Health

1.6%

Mental Health Counseling

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

38.9%

Bachelors

22.5%

Associate

15.4%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

6.8%

Diploma

3.9%

Doctorate

2.4%

License

1.4%
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Top Skills for A Resident Care Associate

  1. Resident Care
  2. Personal Care
  3. Laundry
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  • Assist Registered Nursing and Nurse Practitioner with procedures and resident care
  • Assist with recreational and social activities Assist with personal care and medication administration
  • Complete various housekeeping duties including laundry.
  • Assist with ADLS, Clean, Stock, Toileting, Showers, Vitals, Monitor Residents, Ensure Residents are Comfortable.
  • Assisted Dementia residents with all aspects of activities of daily living, engaging in activities and encouraging participation.

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  4. Nevada
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