Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides are often the first and last person patients see in the course of the day. Their caregiving responsibilities range from bathing patients to taking their temperature to leading a group card game.
If you are interested in the many virtues of nursing but not in the time it takes to get there, a nursing aide position may be right for you. And if you are thinking of becoming a registered nurse, a nursing aide job may help you decide if you want to continue your education and training.
Nursing and psychiatric aides help staff nurses in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health facilities care for the physically and mentally ill. Home health aides give similar care in private homes or other residential care settings, such as nursing homes.
Socializing with patients is a big part of working as a psychiatric aide.
Patient, dependable, and motivated to help people who cannot help themselves. It is also very important that you respect your patients and their privacy.
Because psychiatric aides have such close contact with patients, they may have a great deal of influence on their patients’ mood.