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.