NC Careers in Caring is an initiative of NCHCFA to attract and retain employees in the long term care profession in North Carolina.
Are you a job seeker looking for a meaningful career where you care for others? You can:
Why work in long term care? Life is all about the connections you make with other people. In long term care, you will be enriching the lives of others, who will enrich yours as well. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more information.
Here are some of the careers available in long term care. You can learn about additional careers here.
Certified Nursing Assistant
The main role of a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) is to provide basic care to patients and assist them in daily activities that include bathing, dressing, feeding and taking vital signs. CNAs are often described as the backbone of skilled nursing care. Nurse aides take care of basic physical needs under the supervision of a licensed nurse. Just as important, they tend to the emotional and spiritual needs of residents. Compassionate individuals with a deep desire to care for others are needed to fill these positions.
Education & Experience: A CNA must complete a state approved nurse aide training program, pass the nurse aide competency evaluation consisting of both a written and a skills test, and be listed in good standing as a CNA on the North Carolina Nurse Aide I Registry. The training program must be approved by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing and the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) Nurse Aide Registry.
Qualified Medication Aide
A medication aide is a certified nurse aide (CNA) who has completed additional training and demonstrated competency while dispensing medications and applying or administering treatments under the direct supervision of a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse. The medication aide assists the professional nursing staff in assuring that standards of resident care, comfort, and safety are maintained by administering medications and treatments.
Education & Experience: To become a medication aide, you must pass a 24-hour N.C. Board of Nursing-approved medication aide training program and pass the state medication aide competency exam administered by Pearson VUE.