Nursing Assistant / Home Health Aide

Florida Vocational Institute was founded with the mission of preparing students for employment in careers that are in high demand. “Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.”[1] Nonetheless, employment of home health aides is “projected to grow 48 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”[2] As a graduate of the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program, students are prepared to become an entry-level professional in a variety of medical settings. These settings include, but are not limited to, a hospice, nursing home, or assisted living facility. Equipped with proper patient care knowledge, you will be able to begin your career as a professional caregiver.

In under a year, our program allows you to work alongside a registered nurse during your studies. The Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide program at Florida Vocational Institute will cover the fundamentals to provide you with the best practices in long-term patient care. You will explore topics in rehabilitative and geriatric care; Students are taught and practice proper patient care with a variety of tasks such as feeding, grooming, and bathing techniques. Besides proper techniques and best practices, you will learn CPR and the proper way to maintain a healthy environment within your patient’s home. “As the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health aides to provide assistance and companionship will continue to increase. The older population often has health problems and will need help with daily activities.”[3] This role provides the chance to enrich your life through a career of helping people.

Working in varied environments, nursing assistants and home health aides provide the care necessary to keep patients comfortable. Home health aides are likely to work in a more private setting to “provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient’s home or in a care facility.”[4] At the same time, “[Nursing] assistants are often the principal caregivers. They have more contact with residents than other members of the staff. Because some residents stay in a nursing home for months or years, assistants may develop close relationships with their patients.”[5] These relationships are a core part of the patient care industry. Our program prepares you for success by teaching the fundamentals while exploring the importance of caring for each patient. At the conclusion of your program, Florida Vocational Institute will have given you a working knowledge of the important tasks to ensure outstanding long-term patient care.

Although certification is not required to work as a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide, it is an excellent opportunity to validate your learned skills. At Florida Vocational Institute, we strongly encourage students to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam (CNA). For your convenience, the CNA exam is administered on campus.

[1] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm#tab-6

[2] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-aides.htm

[3] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home-health-aides.htm#tab-6

[4] http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes311011.htm

[5] http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nursing-assistants.htm#tab-2