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NURSE ASSISTANT/ HOME HEALTH AIDE

HEALTHCARE

Home health aides are non-licensed members of the home care team that assist patients who wish to receive care in the comfort of their own home with daily living.

Career Details

Skills

Students in Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Caring for patients and helping with such daily activities as bathing and dressing
  • Performing basic nursing responsibilities, including taking and recording vital signs and turning and positioning patients
  • Controlling infections
  • Understanding and following safety and emergency procedures
  • Understanding how to care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Career Options

Most program graduates work full time to provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes. They help patients of all ages perform day-to-day tasks. Because nursing homes and hospitals provide care at all hours, schedules may include nights, weekends, and holidays.

Requirements

Before entering the Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide program, students must:

  • Comply with state requirements that may involve a criminal background check and completion of a training program meeting federal content requirements.
  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Register with the state regulatory authority.

Credentials

As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Nurse Assistant/ Home Health Aide Numbers to Know

$26K

National average earning potential for this career

8-12

Months to complete career training program

Expectations

While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:


Attention to detail
Concern for others
Cooperation
Dependability
Integrity