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Intro to Primary Nursing Home Jobs

At the moment, there are opportunities for four primary nursing home jobs in America: CNAs or certified nurse’s assistants, LPNs or licensed practical nurses, geriatric nurses and registered nurses (RN).

The smaller nursing homes hire only RNs and CNAs, whereas the bigger establishments can employ all the four nurse category professionals. All the four nursing vocations require different education levels and have their unique responsibilities and functions.

Typically, CNAs tend to be the busiest and most visible nurses in a nursing facility. They have a nursing assistance degree from established educational institutions – for instance, the Charter Health Care Training Center.

These assistants stay in close working relationships with both nurses and patients to ensure the patients’ requirements are fulfilled. The responsibilities are immense, which include dressing and bathing patients, feeding them and assisting them with bathroom usage.

A registered nurse has a four- or two-year degree in nursing and is charged with high patient care levels. The nurse is responsible for handling emergencies, monitoring patients, administering and dispensing medication, educating patients and conducting diagnostic tests.

As most doctors aren’t available round-the-clock in hospitals, an RN is usually the most readily available medical staff on the floor. This means an RN must have sound organizational and management skills, and should not buckle under pressure.

Compared to LPNs, an RN has a higher academic qualification, more responsibilities/tasks and takes home a much fatter paycheck. An RN’s primary responsibilities include assigning work to LPNs and supervising the activity. LPNs must keep in place medical charts, take note of the vital signs, and make sure the nursing home operations are smooth and efficient.

In the majority of modern nursing homes, geriatric nursing is among the most sought after job opportunities. There isn’t much of a difference between a geriatric nurse and a registered nurse. Geriatric nurses, however, have to excel at taking good care of senior adults. Also, these nurses are also quite proficient at providing both physical and mental medical care to elder patients.

12 Responses so far.

  1. Lakeyia says:

    I think that this is a great opportunity and I agree that there are doctors that can’t be available around the clock, so having a nurse is a great idea. This is a nice opportunity for people that want to be nurses and be able to help others as their main job.

  2. Melia Rose says:

    I have a cousin who is looking to study nursing, hoping to get her RN down the line. I will be sending her this article so she knows all the opportunities an RN has, in all viable industries, and if she has the drive to work on her management and organizational skills. Very informative read!

  3. Elena Torres says:

    I never imagined 4 different type of nurses, CNAs seems to be the most important to me according to what I got from the article, the busiest and probably the most qualified. But all are vital in the sense of keeping a patient alive or well.

  4. Martha Guevara says:

    More than four types of different nurses, I feel like this is more like a hierarchical division. Because for example the RNs assign work to LPNs, and LPN do the work of checking vital charts, etc. I think I’ve only come into contact with Geriatric nurses now that I think about it becuase of my grandma.

  5. Ish says:

    I would honestly love to be stationed in the geriatric section of the hospital – I have a soft spot for the elderly. Being a nurse takes a lot of hardwork and patience… I’m sure there are numerous ones that are willing to work in nursing homes however tiring it may be.

  6. Gina says:

    I think there will always be a job to be filled-in in nursing. The number of health facilities are growing each year and they of course need a lot of nurses to run the services.

  7. Jess says:

    I think nursing is a quite promising field. There are a lot of openings and the work itself is satisfying. Just like the article stated, there are several different type of nurses which required different level of education and training.

  8. lailani52 says:

    So, there are 4 categories in Nursing. But I believe all of the four categories have put their time and heart into their vocation. My salute to all the nurses.

  9. Nate L. says:

    Just a layman here. I always thought there were just doctors and nurses. Nurses are a doctor’s assistants and that’s it. With the growing demand for medical workers, it is not surprising there is now also a demand for this profession.

  10. Dhruv says:

    I never thought there could be 4 different types of nurses. I used to bunch them all in a single order. But if you are in this profession for money, then it looks wise to study for Registered Nurse.

  11. John A. Tan says:

    I have a niece that is interested in becoming a nurse. Upon reading this article, I learned of the several options she can choose from. She has the passion for the job, and I believe that she can commit to it for as long as she sees growth in it. I understand and was able to explain to her the differences between RNs, LPNs, and CNAs as nicely described herein. Only thing left to explain to her is the difference in paycheck between each with at least the ranges in earnings. Kinda difficult finding accurate info on that part.

  12. Rain Santos-Ocampo says:

    I have a friend who is an RN and she can attest to what this article is saying. There’s a lot of studying and experience needed to get a good one. I hope that more people understand and respect the career of being a nurse- they really study to be health care professionals to help people who are sick or are in emergency cases.

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