Nurse’s Aides: More than just an “Aide”

What is a Nurse’s Aide?

As a nurse’s aide, you are far more than just an aide to the nurse. Nurse’s aides are generally the support staff that spends the most time with the patient during their stay. They are a vital part of the team that takes care of a patient from the time of admission until the time of discharge. They are responsible for helping to bathe, feed, monitor vital signs and take care of the overall wellbeing of the patient. Aides often take care of a patient in their most vulnerable time. It can be both an emotionally and physically draining career, but there are many times where it is just as emotionally rewarding. It is a career that one can take an immense amount of pride in. Nurse Journal identified twenty reasons to choose a career as a nurse’s aide including:

  • Job Stability
  • Flexibility
  • Personal and Professional Pride
  • Affordable Courses (Don’t forget about the MyCAA Program)
  • Transferable Credits
  • Variety
  • Emotionally Rewarding Career
  • Opportunity for Network Connections

Where can I work as an aide?

Nurse’s aides are found in all different areas of healthcare. The most common being nursing homes and hospitals, but they are also found in rehab facilities and doctor’s offices. According to BLS.gov, “Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.” Talk about job security!

Why is this a good career move for a military spouse?

As a military spouse, having a career with flexibility and a wide range of job opportunities is a must! Becoming a nurse’s aide grants the opportunity to work in a wide array of facilities as well as a wide variety of shifts and hours. It is not your typical 9-5 which could be exactly what is needed when you are a military spouse. Ed4Career offers career training opportunities just for this reason!

Choosing a career as a nurse’s aide is beneficial in many aspects of life. It grants an individual the opportunity to obtain a stable, rewarding position with a flexible schedule.

Ed4Career is proud to offer online career training for those interested in working in the medical/healthcare field. Upon successful completion of our Nursing Assistant course, students may be prepared to sit for state certification. Visit the National Network of Career Nursing Assistants (CNA) or NCSBN to view a state association list. Each state has specific requirements and regulations; we recommend you check with your state.