PCAs / CNAs Are High Demand Recession Proof Healthcare Jobs
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PCAs / CNAs Are High Demand Recession Proof Healthcare Jobs

An aging population here in the U.S. will require more healthcare professionals than ever before making this field recession proof. Personal Care Attendants are increasingly needed to help individuals in their homes with daily care and household chores to continue to lead productive lives. Certified Nurses Aides provide hygiene care and personal space maintenance in thousands of nursing homes, rehabilitation institutes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.

An aging population here in the U.S. will require more healthcare professionals than ever before making this field recession proof. Personal Care Attendants are increasingly needed to help individuals in their homes with daily care and household chores to continue to lead productive lives. Certified Nurses Aides provide hygiene care and personal space maintenance in thousands of nursing homes, rehabilitation institutes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.

Doctors and nurses require several years of education before they can practice. PCAs and CNAs often do not require more than a certification course to practice. Need and experience dictate pay scale. Cost for certification may be covered under unemployment benefits.

Certified Nurses Aides

States vary in their requirements. Certified Nurses Aides or CNAs undergo training in the personal care of a patient. Sanitary procedures that protect the patient and healthcare worker are covered. CPR is covered. Proper lifting techniques keep the worker and patient from undo injury. Training prepares candidates for work in healthcare institutions. Many of these facilities provide the certification program or affiliate with programs that train specific to their needs. Placement opportunities are provided. CNAs provide their own uniforms which are tax deductible.

Personal Care Attendants

The need for Personal Care Attendants or PCAs has been on the increase as our baby boomer population enters its elderly years. Great strides in medicine and health prevention finds a larger population able to live on their own with minimal healthcare assistance. PCAs are in high demand. Again many states and organizations require certification as a CNA first. Extra training in administering prescription drugs, inserting catheters, and giving required injections is a plus. Agencies can place PCAs with private duty patients.

PCA and Patient

Each assignment for a PCA differs according to a patient's needs. Care is administered in the patient's home. Help with personal hygiene is the number one duty of the PCA. Other duties include preparing meals, shopping, light housework, transport to medical appointments, etc.

Private Duty

Private Duty commands a bigger pay check. If you are currently working in a healthcare institution, leads for private duty will present themselves. Take time to establish relationships with family members that are in charge of a patient that is able to leave the facility but will need assistance at home. Many times family thinks they can care for a loved one. It can be a demanding full time job depending on care needed. Have your own business cards available to hand out. It is not a failure on the family's part to require help. Family members have very emotional ties to a loved one. Demands of a patient carry an emotional upheaval that can lead to depression or feelings of hate by a loving family member. These feelings put a strain on marriage and family structure. Hiring private duty helps preserve the love relationship and family unit.

Private Duty In A Healthcare Facility

On several occasions such as after major surgery, a stroke, or car accident, patients require monitoring in a secondary facility such as a nursing home or rehabilitation facility. Although personal care is provided, many well-to-do families find that hiring a private duty PCA gives them piece of mind. Having someone there just for their loved one eases the adjustment of being in a very alone place during the healing process.

Collect a written reference from family members with contact information from satisfied clients. A simple ad in your local newspaper will keep you in assignments. You are a private contractor PCA and responsible for your own taxes. You can work as many or as few hours as you need.

Healthcare Agencies

There are several agencies that can place you with patients in their home. Work availability is always there and increasing. Currently I work for Cerebral Palsy Of Massachusetts and get paid by the patient through this agency. Hourly rate starts at $11.60 with shift differentials.

If you are single and like to travel, it is possible to find patients that will take you with them to summer homes or business/vacation travel. You can also do live-in work.

Being a PCA/CNA is not the highest paying job but it is recession proof and will always provide an employment option when times are tough.

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