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.