Long-term care aides sometimes called “long-term care nurse aides” or “nursing assistants” work in acute care or rehabilitation hospitals outpatient clinics or for home health agencies. However many work specifically in long term care facilities such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes. They often work alongside registered nurses and they may help make sure that physical and occupational therapists have the supplies they need for working with patients. For the most part however long-term care aides are in charge of basic care such as bathing feeding toileting turning and moving patients that are bedridden or transferring them to wheelchairs. They also take patients’ temperatures and measure their pulse blood pressure and respiration. It is important for long-term care aides to have patience and a positive attitude because they contend with physically demanding and stressful situations given that the patients they care for are often chronically incapacitated. Job openings for long-term care aides are usually in plentiful supply. According to the website www.ehow.com individuals can become certified as long-term care aides or nursing assistants with approximately 75 hours of training or whatever hours are amount mandated at the State level. When they complete this training they are eligible to take a nurse aid certification exam that is sponsored by the American Red Cross. Four- to six-week training programs are sometimes offered at community colleges or even in hospitals. Long-term care aides usually work 40 hours a week but some of those hours can be on the night and weekend shifts because patients need care 24 hours a day. Long-term care aides that are certified usually start out working for an hourly wage of approximately $9 but with experience they can earn approximately $14 an hour.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Feeds and bathes patients.
Moves patients from one room to another.
Tends to patients physical and emotional needs.
Works with registered nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
|Also Called:||Certified Nurses Aide
Nursing Home Aide
Home Healthcare Aide