What does a Healthcare Assistant do?
Under the professional supervision of a qualified Nurse, Healthcare Assistants ensure patients are not only comfortable in the hospital but also stress-free. Healthcare Assistants carry out many duties such as feeding and washing patients, monitoring and recording test results, and carrying out clinical duties. Healthcare Assistants work with a variety of patients, for example, infants, children, the aged, and people living with a disability.
Healthcare Assistant skills and qualifications
Healthcare Assistants need to be helpful and compassionate to provide the highest level of care to their patients. They may have skills and qualifications that enable them to provide care to special patient types such as children, the elderly, or people with disabilities. Healthcare Assistant skills may include:
- Compassion for patients
- Empathy to understand what patients are going through and provide support
- Good communication skills to understand patient needs and communicate back
- Respect for patient discretion and privacy
- Composure even during difficult or distressing situations
- Sensitivity and good listening skills
- Ability to take initiative while respecting boundaries
- Great organizational skills
Healthcare Assistant experience requirements
Previous experience has a Healthcare Assistant is not necessary for candidates, as this can be an entry-level role. However, candidates should have relevant caring experience in order to be suitable for the role. This could have been gained while caring for a family member or volunteering at a hospital or care home. Candidates with experience working with specific patient populations, such as children or the elderly, are ideal if you have those types of patients.
Healthcare Assistant education and training requirements
Healthcare Assistant candidates do not need any specific education or training for entry-level positions. However, ideal candidates will have certifications such as Community Health Worker Registration, Food Safe Level 1 Certification, and Healthcare Assistant Program certification. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, candidates will be required to have professional registration. For example, in British Columbia, Healthcare Assistants are required to have BC Care Aide Registration.
Healthcare Assistant salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Healthcare Assistant in Canada is $51,558 per year. Salary may be dependent on experience, location, and company.
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