If you’re looking for San Diego nurse jobs that pay well, offer great benefits, and have plenty of growth opportunity, you may want to consider becoming a nursing aide.
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants typically work under the direction of nurses to provide basic care to patients. They may do everything from feed and bathe a patient to move patients and change their bed sheets.
Those who want to work in acute care, long-term, or intermediate healthcare facilities should gain some education and pass an exam to become a certified nurse assistant. Those who work in acute care hospitals do not always have to be certified.
Most nursing aides work in a variety of healthcare settings, from nursing homes to hospitals to clinics. Employees can expect good benefits and pay, as well as plenty of employment opportunities, according to the California Employment Development Department.
Typical benefits for a nursing aide include: medical and dental benefits, paid holidays, sick days, at least one week of paid vacation after one year of service, overtime pay for weekend or holiday work, and retirement plan options.
As far as pay goes, the median wage for a nursing aide in San Diego County was $24,250 per year as of 2010, which is only slightly lower than statewide median of $26,150.
Employment of nursing aides in San Diego County is expected to grow from 8,510 workers during 2008 to 10,110 workers by 2018, resulting in 1,600 additional jobs, or a total increase of 18.8 percent. There will be about 160 jobs available due to growth and 85 jobs available due to replacement each year.
With enough experience and training, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants can easily advance in their careers. Many employees go on to other positions in geriatrics, obstetrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, or surgery.
Some related occupations include: home health aides, ambulance drivers and attendants, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, medical assistants, physical therapist assistants, psychiatric aides, and athletic trainers.