Certified nursing aide/assistant (CNAs) provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff, perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or movie patients, change linens, and documents observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
Patient care technicians (PCTs) work alongside doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide direct patient care such as eating, getting out of bed and personal hygiene. They also check vital signs, assist in medical exams, perform basic lab procedures and perform EKGs and phlebotomy (drawing blood).
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses, taking vital signs, giving injections and dressing wounds, assisting with personal hygiene, collecting lab samples and monitoring medication or treatment.
Registered nurses (RNs) administer medication, perform diagnostic tests, operate medical machinery, develop and carry out health care plans and educate patients and the public.
Most nursing jobs are hands-on medical work that helps to diagnose and treat patients; there are exceptions.
This career requires at least a(n):
*SOURCE: Texas Workforce Commission and JobsEQ
About three out of five nursing jobs are in hospitals, with either inpatient or outpatient departments, but there are many opportunities also available to nurses in any of the following:
Most nursing assistants generally receive training on-site and work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities.
Nationwide nursing shortage unsures high employability, especially for those with multiple specialities or certifications. Advanced career opportunities for nurses with additional education include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified mid-wives.
Job openings are expected to increase in outpatient facilities such as same-day surgery, rehabilitation and chemotherapy. With baby boomers becoming senior citizens, nursing care for older people is also a huge area of growth in job expansion.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.
You can search current job openings in your area on Indeed.com.
Students at the colleges of DCCCD can take advantage of additional career services.
DCCCD’s Health Careers Resource Center offers a special site just for health care students and graduates, healthjobs.dcccd.edu.
Nurses must be physically able to care for sick patients. This involves lifting, moving, bathing and transferring patients into and out of bed. Nurses are exposed to patients with infectious diseases.
Because nurses deal with the public, a neat, well-groomed appearance and a courteous, pleasant demeanor are needed. Nurses must be good at putting patients at ease, listening to patients and explaining physician instructions. Conscientiousness and respect for the confidential nature of medical information are required.
House and conditions vary widely but may include 24-hour or night shifts, weekends and holidays. Part-time and shift work widely available.
Other job demands include:
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Looking for info about nursing careers? As an additional resource, the Dallas County Community College District offers general career and pathways overview for nursing.