It's difficult when a loved one moves into a nursing home. Families want to make sure that person is comfortable, cared for, and protected. They trust the facility's nurses and aides will watch over them and handle whatever needs to be done. They may not realize, however, that caring for a nursing home patient is a team effort—and it's a big team.
There is a long list of jobs to fill in a nursing home—everything from a chef who prepares nutritious meals to the employee who arranges activities and entertainment. But three types of employees are needed in nearly every nursing facility: nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, and nurse assessment coordinator. If you're looking for an occupation with stability, nursing home jobs fit the bill, thanks to World War II. That's because the U.S. saw a surge of babies born right after WWII ended. Those “baby boomers” are now keeping nursing facilities full. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% increase in nursing home jobs over the next 10 years.
To start your hunt for a nursing home job, you can take a broad approach and search healthcare support jobs on Monster. If you know what kind of nursing home job you'd like, conduct a narrower search for jobs like these:
The training you need to work in nursing home jobs depends on what you'll be doing. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) need to be certified after a one-year program in a technical school or community college. A healthcare administrator will need a bachelor's or master's degree in a health-related field. You can work in a nursing home support position such as a cook or recreation worker with a high school diploma.
People in direct-care positions who interact daily with residents tend to have certain personality traits that help them do their jobs, including patience, tact, and sensitivity.
Make a good first impression with employers by having a well-crafted resume. We've got sample resumes and templates, along with resume writing tips you can use to get your resume in top shape. Some positions will also call for a cover letter that explains why you want to work there and why you're qualified for the position. You can get some ideas from our cover letter samples and cover letter tips.
Don't let that job interview intimidate you! It helps to calm your nerves by preparing ahead of time. Practice answering common questions employers ask during an interview beforehand. You can also read some more interview tips to help you walk into that interview confident and ready for anything.
Pay depends on two things: your job title and your location. Use Monster's Salary Tools to check out the median wage for the job you're considering. For example, the median pay for an LPN in the U.S. is $24.51 per hour. For a dietician, the median pay is $56,796 a year.
Along with the estimated salary, you'll also see some additional information on the page, including:
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