Nursing Assistant

wheelchairsHome Health Care encompasses a range of different nursing professions including Home Health Aides (HHAs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and other qualified clinicians. Professionals in this industry provide care for patients in an array of clinical settings, often in a home-based environment.

A good Nursing Assistant resume will demonstrate that you can:

  • Empathize with patients and family
  • Communicate with physicians
  • Administer medications
  • Take vital signs
  • Transport patients
  • Maintain accurate medical records

Given the demands of these positions, strong job candidates must be compassionate, patient, and well-organized. Not only must your Nursing Assistant resume show that you are qualified in your field, but it also must show that you are committed to quality patient care.

I have worked with all levels of Home Health Care professionals, including:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)
  • Nursing Assistants – Registered (NA/R)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Midwifes (CNM)
  • Home Health Aide (HHA)
  • Nurse Practitioners (NP)
  • Registered Nurses (RN)

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• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the field of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) will grow by 18% in the next few years.
• Job prospects in this field are very good.

A Nursing Assistant is usually certified and authorized to assist nurses and other clinical professionals with the daily care of their patients. At times this can be a very demanding job, but it’s ultimately very rewarding in the end. In general, Nurse Assistants and CNAs perform such tasks as taking vital signs, administering medication, and providing for physical and emotional support. Many Nursing Assistants work in long term care facilities, assisted living centers, hospice agencies, and other more formal settings. However the other percentage of Nursing Assistants work with home-health agencies and typically assist clients in a residential setting.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs are offered vocational schools, technical schools, nursing care facilities, and community colleges all across the United States. Training programs must be approved and accredited by the state Board of Nursing in your state. Typically upon completion of the CNA training, you will need to complete a practical exam before you can receive your licensure. If you pass, you will be issued a CNA certification in your state.

Other requirements include a very positive attitude as you will often be dealing with sick or dying patients. It takes a certain level of maturity and a special strength of will to work as a Nursing Assistant. Moreover, you must have a strong back and legs because you may be on your feet for hours at a time and you may have to help move a patient from wheelchair to a bed or vice versa.

When I write a resume for a Nurse Assistant, I try to show that the job-seeker is not only technically qualified for the position, but that they are also passionate about their trade. I strive to convey that you are organized and analytical, but also sensitive and empathetic. Because it’s the combination of these things that will make you a good candidate for the job and ultimately get you interviews.

But you don’t want to go overboard with your Nursing Assistant resume. Your CNA resume (or LPV resume, or LVP resume, or HHA resume, etc) should be 1 or 2 pages at most and you should use bullet points to highlight your most impressive and relevant achievements. It’s important to remember that you never want to give a hiring manager a novel to read. Instead, as with any effective marketing tool, you want to give the reader just enough info to leave them wanting to know more. That’s when they call your for an interview and then it’s your time to shine!

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