The Growing Need of Certified Healthcare Workers
Career Path : Childcare
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics healthcare and social assistance is one of the fastest growing industries. It is expected to grow 3 percent from the 2010 to 2020 outlook. With that being said, there is an immediate need for more health care workers and educational institutes are preparing the way to accommodate more students. Demographics of students and their future patients are changing, technology is rapidly developing and education has progressed to reflect the conditions of today and tomorrow.
Every healthcare role requires some type of hands-on training. Training includes government requirements and best practices to prevent the spread of illnesses and diseases. Many schools incorporate clinics into their training programs or offer internships to provide more real-world experience. Below are a couple of the rising positions in healthcare.
Personal Support Workers (PSW)
Many PSWs provide support for the elderly in long-term care facilities, group homes, clinics or home residences. They also assist those with physical disabilities or who are chronically ill. They allow seniors to live independently by assisting with daily living such as home management, mobilization, and personal care. They work under the supervision of nurses.
This occupation requires extensive hands-on training because of the direct physical interactions with clients on a day-to-day basis. Aspiring PSWs must be patient and kind, assisting clients with basic needs to preserve their dignity. By taking PSW courses, students learn the fundamentals of hygiene, meal preparation, anatomy, household management, and ethical considerations.
Dental Assistants perform a range of administrative and clinical duties in the dental office. They work directly with the Dentist and have direct patient care handling and access. They perform duties such as record keeping, making patients comfortable, sterilizing dental instruments, preparing the work area, processing x-rays, and using applicable equipment such as the suction hose. Dental Assistants also may perform regulated tasks such as the application of a sealant, fluoride, or topical anesthetics.
Their duties vary depending upon the place of practice but formal training is always preferred. If you are seeking to be certified, you must pass the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam given by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANA). This test is only administered to students who have graduated from accredited dental assistant schools. This role requires you to be highly detailed oriented and possess listening, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Training will include information management, the proper use of equipment, and an understanding of radiographs.
Many other rewarding careers in the healthcare industry exist. There is a clear shortage of healthcare workers and acquiring as much hands-on experience as possible with comprehensive knowledge from an accredited educational institute will make all the difference in building a successful career.
Visit NAHB for more information about being an early childhood assistant.