There are currently four main types of opportunities for nursing home jobs available in the U.S.
- Geriatric Nurses
- CNAs – Certified Nurse’s Assistants
- RNs – Registered Nurses
- LPNs – Licensed Practical Nurses
The smaller nursing homes most often employ the RNs and CNAs, and the larger homes may employ all 4 of these types of nurses. Each job requires a different education level and carries its unique responsibilities.
The busiest of these four classifications are the CNAs. They are the most visible nurses you’ll find in any nursing homes. They’ve earned their nursing assistant degree from an accredited institution like the Charter Health Care Training Center.
CNAs work closely alongside nurses and patient ensuring that all the patient’s needs are being met. They carry out many responsibilities such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and assisting patients in using the restroom.
RNs carry either a 2-year or 4-year degree in nursing. They are charge with a very high level of care for their patients. They’re responsible for handling emergencies, monitoring patients, diagnostic testing, educating patients, and administering medications.
Because doctors working in these nursing homes don’t work full time, an RN must act as a “first point of contact” or a go-between for patients and medical staff. That means they need to have excellent organizational and management skills and hold up well under pressure.
When you compare RNs to LPNs, you’ll see they have higher levels of education. They also carry out more tasks and responsibilities. With that comes a higher salary as well. Many of their main responsibilities include the supervising and assigning of LPNs. The LPNs are charged with maintaining medical charts, recording vital signs, and ensuring the home runs smoothly.
Geriatric nursing is among the most “in-demand” job opportunities for nurses available today. They’re very similar to RNs except they specialize in caring for the elderly in a bit of a “different way.” They’re experienced in providing both physical and mental care to their elderly patients.