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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

  • $26,000

    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
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant 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
Home Health Aid Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Nurse Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Case Manager
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Consultant Nurse Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Resident Clinical Instructor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
Resident Adjunct Professor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Resident Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Therapeutic Support Staff Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Senior Technician Specialist Director Of Social Services
Resident Services Director
6 Yearsyrs
Med Technician Senior Technician Specialist Food Service Director
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Care Provider 2.6 years
Care Associate 2.5 years
Nurses' Aide 2.5 years
Medication Aide 2.5 years
Resident 2.1 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Emeritus 1.8 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Resident Care Associate
Cashier 15.8%
Internship 3.5%
Server 2.9%
Volunteer 2.9%
Waitress 2.0%
Hostess 1.5%
Top Careers After Resident Care Associate
Cashier 7.5%
Internship 2.4%
Server 2.3%
Volunteer 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Corvias Group LLC
Highest Paying City
Bloomington, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Resident Care Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Resident Care Associate in the United States is $26,242 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

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Top Skills for A Resident Care Associate

  1. Resident Care
  2. Personal Care
  3. ADL
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Position: Resident Care Specialist/Transportation Driver/Medical Records
  • Delivered exceptional personal care, emotional support and daily assistance for a highly-trafficked senior living community.
  • Skilled at health fundamental, ADL s, total care, and therapeutic exercise; also trained for Hospice Care.
  • Maintain a safe environment for residents, Fed the residents and Cared for them.
  • Provide high-quality patient care as an in-demand CNA within rehabilitation long-term, acute-care, and nursing home settings.

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Top 10 Best States for Resident Care Associates

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  2. North Dakota
  3. New York
  4. Nevada
  5. Oregon
  6. Michigan
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Minnesota
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Pennsylvania
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Resident Care Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

73.9%

Male

13.2%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

65.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.6%

French

5.8%

Vietnamese

4.7%

Hindi

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Gujarati

2.3%

Tagalog

2.3%

Italian

2.3%

Russian

1.2%

Swahili

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Bosnian

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Aramaic

1.2%

Carrier

1.2%

Malayalam

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%
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Resident Care Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.3%

Baker College

7.4%

Everest Institute

5.9%

Kaplan University

5.9%

Cuyahoga Community College

5.4%

Ross Medical Education Center

5.4%

The Academy

5.1%

Eastern Michigan University

5.1%

Sinclair Community College

5.1%

Charles Stewart Mott Community College

4.8%

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

4.0%

Houston Community College

4.0%

Davenport University

4.0%

Bowling Green State University

3.7%

University of Michigan - Flint

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.7%

Stone Academy - Hamden

3.7%

Lansing Community College

3.4%

Gateway Technical College

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

29.5%

Medical Assisting Services

12.1%

Nursing Assistants

9.7%

Business

7.3%

Health Care Administration

7.1%

Psychology

5.0%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

General Studies

3.4%

Social Work

2.9%

Human Services

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Education

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Management

1.3%

Health Sciences And Services

1.3%

Mental Health Counseling

1.3%

Cosmetology

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

39.8%

Bachelors

21.3%

Associate

16.2%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

5.3%

Diploma

4.6%

License

2.1%

Doctorate

2.0%
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