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The Types of Nursing Home Job Opportunities

Currently, there are four main types of nursing home job opportunities in the United States: geriatric nurses, certified nurse’s assistants (CNAs), registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

Small nursing homes usually employ only CNAs and RNs while larger nursing homes are capable of employing all the four types of nurses. Each of the four nursing home jobs requires a different level of education and has its own unique functions and responsibilities.

CNAs are usually the busiest, more visible and highest paid nurses in any nursing home. They have a degree in nursing assistance from well-recognized institutions such as the Charter Health Care Training Center.

They work closely with both patients and nurses to make sure that the needs of patients are met accordingly. They have so many responsibilities like bathing and dressing patients, feeding patients and helping patients use the restroom.

An RN has a two or four-year degree in nursing and he or she is charged with a high level of patient care. He/she is responsible for monitoring patients, handling emergencies, dispensing and administering medication, diagnostic testing and educating patients.

Due to the fact that doctors in many nursing homes do not work full-time, the RN acts as the first point of contact between patients and the medical staff. As a result, he/she must have good management and organizational skills and be able to work under pressure.

As compared to LPNs, RNs have a higher level of education, have more tasks/responsibilities and make a considerably larger salary. Some of their main responsibilities include assigning and supervising LPNs. LPNs are expected to maintain medical charts, record vital signs and ensure that the nursing home is running smoothly.

Generic nursing is one of the most in-demand nursing home job opportunities in many nursing homes today. Geriatric nurses are just like registered nurses only that they have specialized in taking care of the elderly in a more special way. They are highly experienced in offering both mental and physical care to elderly patients.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Terry says:

    This is really a great time to have a nursing career. It is always in-demand and there are many opportunities in the field.

  2. May Xiong says:

    Great article! Hence, my friend is in this pathway of being a CNA, as well. Like mentioned it is in great demand for nurses as this is an amazing opportunity to jump at.

  3. Robin says:

    When I was an exchange student, my host mother was a geriatric nurse (now she’s retired). She told me that though the position is highly in-demand, there is not a lot of people who wants to do the job, since taking care of the elderly could be a challenge.

  4. Tudor says:

    Ye, I’m pretty sure there will be the need for nurses constantly. I think it’s only nice if you like helping people, otherwise can be a bit of a pain, I speak from experience. Overall it’s a nice job if you like working with people.

    • Mol says:

      Yes I agree. You definitely need to like working with people to have the wherewithal to continue working in the nursing field.

  5. Naves says:

    Great post! I have been researching different nursing job options and your article has really help me consider my options.

  6. Yuen Ling Elaine Au Yeung says:

    “Due to the fact that doctors in many nursing homes do not work full-time, the RN acts as the first point of contact between patients and the medical staff. As a result, he/she must have good management and organizational skills and be able to work under pressure.”

    the RN in Canada, is an important position in emergency room, he/she needs to have blood testing for patients. He / she needs to have the first consultancy for the patients. It is very respective job.

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