Date published: March 3, 2018
Date re-published: May 31, 2019
What’s one way to get ahead as a nursing student? A healthcare-oriented summer job! Not only is it a great way to boost your resume, it’s a great way to keep your mind sharp and gain meaningful experience. So what jobs should nursing students be looking for? Check out three great options.
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Certified Nursing Assistant: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Certified Nursing Assistant responsibilities include:
- Measuring patients’ vital signs
- Listening to and recording patients’ health concerns and report that information to nurses
- Assisting with bathing and feeding
- Transferring, turning, and repositioning patients
Just as its name implies, CNAs must be certified. As a CNA, a certification is needed. What that training is, however, varies from state to state.
Medical Assistant: According to NHA Medical Assistants perform both medical and administrative duties such as:
- Greeting patients
- Assisting the physician during exams
- Interviewing and educating patients
- Measuring and recording vital signs
Although Medical Assistants aren’t required to be certified, you can really stand out from other MA candidates by earning your certification. Check out the CCMA credential from NHA as one example.
Home Care Aide: Home care aides care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled or infirm individuals who are confined to their homes or live in residential care facilities, according to ExploreHealthCareers.org. Some of their responsibilities include:
- Providing daily care – feeding, bathing, etc.
- Communicating closely with family members of the loved one
- Often working under the supervision of a nurse
Home care aides also do not need a certification, but ongoing training is encouraged.
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