5 Reasons You Should Consider A Career As A Home Care Nursing Assistant
Posted: 6/7/2022 10:45 AM by
What if you had a job where you had control over your schedule? What if you knew each day you’d have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on another person’s life? What if we told you the ability to continue your nursing education might be available at no cost to you?
Sounds too good to be true, right? Not when you are a home care nursing assistant with Interim HealthCare. Home care nursing assistants, also referred to as Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), play a vital role in taking care of patients who are receiving healthcare services in their homes.
Maybe you’re a CNA who works long hours in a hospital or skilled nursing facility setting. Or, perhaps you’ve considered a career change, and a job as a home care nursing assistant seems like a good fit for you. Regardless of your situation, there are so many benefits that come with a career as a home care CNA.
Thinking about making the switch? Here are just five (of the many) reasons we think you’d be making a great choice.
Reason #1: CNAs Are In High Demand
If you’re looking for a career in a field that will be around forever, a nursing assistant job is right for you. Unlike other job fields that can come with uncertainty, the demand for CNAs is currently at an all-time high.
According to the United Bureau of Labor, the overall employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow eight percent from 2020 to 2030. That’s about as fast as the average growth for all occupations combined. About 192,800 openings for nursing assistants and orderlies are projected each year (on average) over the next decade. The job stability that comes with being a CNA or home care nursing assistant is unparalleled.
Reason #2: An Emotionally Rewarding Career
Arguably one of the best parts of being a home care nursing assistant is the close relationships you will build with your patients. You can see with your own eyes the impact you have on improving their quality of life.
Specifically, in the home care setting, you have the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your patients. If you currently work in a hospital or skilled nursing facility setting, that’s likely not what you’re accustomed to. As a homecare CNA, you have more quality time with your patients and you’re able to provide care for the whole person; not just the medical side, but also the emotional aspect, as well.
Without you, patients are vulnerable–but with your help, you can assist them in doing basic tasks that can make a huge difference. You just can’t find that payoff from any old job.
Reason #3: Little Training Is Required
If you’re concerned you can’t handle the training to become a CNA, you can rest easy. The journey to becoming a CNA can take as little as 4-12 weeks if you already have your high school diploma or GED. It is incredibly affordable to become a trained and certified CNA, especially compared to other nursing degrees.
Reason #4: Enjoy A Flexible Schedule
If you’ve worked in a facility or hospital setting, you know the struggle that comes with someone else setting your schedule. When you work for a company like Interim HealthCare, you have control over your own schedule. Imagine the possibilities and how your work/life balance can improve when you work when you want to!
Reason #5: Opportunity for Growth
Although a CNA position may be considered entry-level, it’s also commonly a stepping stone for many nurses who choose to further their education with advanced nursing degrees. If you have aspirations to be a nurse one day, a career as a CNA is the perfect place to start. CNAs gain exposure to other medical professionals every day. You will learn about healthcare in a real-life setting, and that will better prepare you for what’s ahead than sitting in a classroom will.
If you want to take the path to become a nurse, the cost of your education may be a factor. One of the benefits of working at Interim is that we will help pay for your education. Many nurses start their careers as CNAs and work while they go back to school to earn their LPN, RN, and even master's degrees. At Interim, we take pride in investing in our team to help them achieve their goals. You may not find that with other employers.
Make the decision today
If you’ve been on the fence about making the switch to home care or becoming a CNA, now’s the time to make your move. Interim HealthCare will help you every step of the way.
Reach out to us today to learn more about becoming a home care nursing assistant with Interim.