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Jump Start a New Career in Health Care

August 14, 2014

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Health care programs, especially those centered in allied health are a major focus for community colleges.  No sector since 2001 has been as consistent in employment growth year after year.  Private hospitals and nursing residential care facilities have been among the biggest gainers adding over 2 million jobs since 2001.

Wherever there is a need for personal care, nursing assistants (NA) or nurses’ aides are there.  Nursing assistants work in nursing homes, assisted living, hospice, hospitals, and community based long-term care, correctional institutions and other long-term care settings.  Nursing assistants help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks.  They work under a nurse’s supervision, and since they have extensive daily contact with each patient, they play a key role in the lives of their patients and in keeping the nurse up to date on vital information about the patients’ conditions.  With skill and compassion, nursing assistants play a vital role in healthcare.  Enrolling in a nursing assistant education program can set you on the course for an entry-level position in a hospital or nursing facility, with the opportunity to enhance the lives of patients every day.  If you’re interested in joining the expanding allied health field starting as a Nurse Aide can get you started in Health Care.

Nursing Assistants led all community college related occupations with more than 200,000 jobs from 2001-2013.  Health care also presents bountiful career pathway progressions (i.e. better paying job opportunities for workers who advance their skills) The projected growth is attributed to an increasing senior population that will require long-term residential care to enhance the quality of life.  Also while advanced technology has prolonged lives it has also created the need for more nursing aides.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that job opportunities for nursing aides would be most abundant in nursing homes and community facilities for the aged.  As of 2009, the average annual salary for nursing aides who worked in nursing homes was $24,080 and was $23,320 for those who worked in community care. 

The most common career advancement choice for a Nurse Aide is into a Nurse Aide II program, medical assisting, or registered nursing.  While additional education and training (all offered through community colleges) are required to go into these fields, a background as a Nurse’s aide provides excellent preparations.

So are you ready to JumpStart a new career??

 

Chris Lang

Coordinator, Health Occupations

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