A nurse aide works with nurses to help with hands-on patient care.
A nurse aide works with nurses to help with hands-on patient care. You may work for a hospital or other health care facility. Unlike personal support workers (PSWs), you cannot work in a patient's home. You may also be called a health care aide, hospital attendant, or nursing assistant.
Generally, nurse aides:
This job requires:
This job requires
0 - 2
years of work experience.
As a nurse aide, you need to:
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with patients, their families and other medical staff. You also need to take notes and write reports about your clients.
In Canada, in addition to a growing population, the population is also aging – many people are above age 65. This means that the health care system needs more nurse aides and other types of patient assistants However, some employers may prefer to hire Personal Support Workers because they can work in health care facilities and also work in patients' homes.
The work prospects for this job are:
The average hourly wage for this job is:
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).
Some bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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