As Baby Boomers age jobs that cater to the elderly will be in high demand. Nursing home jobs are definitely going to be in high demand thanks to the Baby Boomers reaching the age when they require skilled nursing care or require the round-the-clock care offered by nursing homes. There are a variety of different types of jobs that nursing homes are in need of on a regular basis especially since the turnover rate is high for nursing home staff.
Nursing home jobs can be very rewarding because you are providing a high level of care for those who really need you. Anyone working in a nursing home should realize that it is not just the patient who needs them; the patient’s family needs them too. Nursing homes require a large staff because they provide care 24 hours each day, every day of the year including holidays. Nursing homes must be fully staffed because the residents and patients who live there need fulltime care. In order to provide this level of care nursing homes operate on rotating shifts. To staff all the shifts requires a large number of personnel.
Nursing homes are located in cities both small and large so jobs are plentiful no matter where you live.
Nursing home jobs include nursing home administrator (NHA) who oversees all the nursing home departments, physical therapist who provides curative care, preventative care and rehabilitative care to residents of the nursing home and also jobs for those working in support departments such as the office staff, maintenance staff, accounting staff and medical staff such as nurses, nurses aides and physician assistants. Registered nurses make up the largest group of health care workers working in nursing homes in fact 25% of all registered nurses will find themselves working in a nursing home at some point of their nursing career.
The majority of the residents of a nursing home are elderly although there may be younger patients who are in need of skilled nursing following an accident, surgery or serious illness. These patients require skilled medical care by those who have the capacity to be compassionate and who have a caring nature. Besides requiring workers to have a high degree of professional knowledge nursing home residents often require the staff to have a high level of patience. It is not easy getting old and these patients rarely move fast so those working with them must know how to wait patiently, stay calm and not lose temper just because a resident is slow to move. As you can see nursing home jobs require a very special breed of individuals. All of the jobs mentioned require direct patient care or involve caring for the facilities of the nursing home and or are of an administrative nature. All jobs require that you be able to interact with the patient and with the patient’s family. Most jobs require that you be able to work with other medical staff members as well as members of the administrative department and support departments. Whether the job you seek is medical, administrative or part of the support staff every person working at a nursing home is important and their job is in high demand.