Seven reasons to consider this exciting career path
Are you looking for a career change? Are you a recent high-school graduate who knows you want to work in the healthcare industry, but aren't quite sure what kind of position would be a good fit for you? Do you like the idea of working in a hospital, clinic, or long-term care facility? Do you like to help people? If so, becoming a nursing assistant might be something for you to consider.
Nursing assistants work directly with patients to help them with meals, personal hygiene, and movement. They work closely with the nursing staff and medical team by monitoring patient vital signs, assisting with medical procedures, and keeping them informed of any concerns regarding the status of their patients.
This is a fast-paced, often demanding career, but it is also a very fulfilling one. Here are just a few of the many reasons why now might be the time for you to take the leap and enroll in a nursing assistant program.
A first look at the healthcare field
Nursing assistant roles are entry-level positions that can give you a bird's eye view of the daily life of a healthcare professional. You might decide that you love working with patients at this level, or it may make you want to continue your training and education so that you can take on another role in the industry, such as a registered nurse.
A quick road to employment
Becoming a nursing assistant does not require a college degree, and you can actually study to be one in just six weeks! Our nursing assistant program combines classroom instruction and real-world experience. As a student, you will study the basics in areas such as anatomy, infectious diseases and physiology. You will put your newly learned knowledge to the test during student clinical time and an externship where you'll be mentored by a registered nurse.
Each day may be different
The tasks and duties assigned to nursing assistants are varied and can fluctuate on a daily basis. One day you might be helping patients get dressed or with personal hygiene; and another you might be assisting a nurse or doctor with a medical procedure. You will gain valuable experience on many levels of patient care.
Opportunity to work in different places and types of settings
Are your roots firmly planted in a large city? Do you dream of moving to a small town? Are you happy to stay put in the area where you grew up? All could be possible as you look for work as a nursing assistant. You might be able to work in a very large metropolitan hospital, a clinic down the street from where you live, or a nursing home on the outskirts of town.
A future with solid job possibilities
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.” This projected growth will hopefully lead to you being able to find a job quickly after you complete your training program.
A rewarding role
As a nursing assistant, you will be with patients on a daily basis, some of whom are at points in their lives that they need consistent or significant care. You will be on the front line of making a difference by helping them get better or to be more comfortable. If you choose to work in a nursing home, you may have the same patients for a long period of time, sometimes years, allowing you to get to know them and their family members. You will be able to make a difference and have a positive impact in their lives, one that you can feel good about each day when you leave work.
While some nursing assistants work in clinics that offer traditional work day/hours like 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., there are plenty of opportunities in other healthcare settings to work day, afternoon, or night shifts, giving you options to fit your lifestyle.
Whatever career path you choose, remember it should be one that fits your personality and one that makes you excited to walk into work every day! Good luck with your decision!
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