Home Health Jobs – Different Jobs, Credentials Needed & Salary

March 17, 2012

Home Health Jobs

Home Health Jobs

Home health jobs enable employees to focus upon providing their care to a single patient, unlike in a traditinal healthcare setting where one provides assistantance to anywhere from 5 to 15 patients or more. There are a variety of positions that one can fill when looking to gain employment in the home healthcare jobs feild, which below are the main career paths that one can take the credentials needed to create a career.

The Major Home Health Jobs

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Home health jobs as a CNA are referred to as a hospice certified nurse assistant as well as a host of other names like personal assistant, nurse aide, home care aide and more,which it is the most simple path and will provide you with an entry level job. These jobs are attained through going through a hospice agency, which one can become a client of when they have the correct credentials. The main credential that one needs isL

  • Passing the CNA competency evaluation which consists of both written and clinical portions, which the written needs to be passed first before they go onto the clinical portion. One can either choose to challenge the test without doing their training through an accredited course if their state allows them, or take and complete an accredited CNA training class, which one can find accredited training courses in their area by contacting their states nurse aide registry.

CNA training classes take anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks to complete, and consist of both classroom learning as well as clinical training. Becoming a CNA can also provide one with a feel for how the healthcare industry works and if they want to further their credentials in the feild and become an LPN or RN, providing the first stepping stone. By gaining a CNA certification, one can expect to earn anywhere from $24,000 to $30,000 or more. Attaining a CNA certification will also provide one with the ability to work in a myraid of different places other than just in peoples homes, like; nursing homes, long term care facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, doctors offices and more.

The other resource one can use to break into the home healthcare industry as a health aide which is a more direct route to spefically getting home health jobs is doing a certification course offered by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) which one takes an accredited course then must pass a written test to become certified.

Registered Nurse (RN)

One can also become an RN which there are many home health jobs available to those looking to work as a hospice CNA. The major requirement that is vital to attaining employment in a home healthcare job is

  • Passing the National Council Licensure EXam (NCLEX) which is a test provided to those who have completed a nursing program. When one is looking for a school to do their training through, they want to make sure that the nursing program is accredited for the sake of not only attaining the best nursing education but the fact that many states require that you do your training through an accredited program in order to be able to take the NCLEX. One can find an accredited school by either contacting their states board of nursing and/or looking for schools that are accredited by regional accrediting agencies as well as national accrediting agencies like the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

The minimum requirement for home health care jobs as a registered nurse is one attaining a minimum of an Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) which will provide one with the credentials needed to take the NCLEX, where one can expect to earn anywhere drom $40,000 to $80,000 a year.

 

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