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Nurses Aid / Healthcare Assistant

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€18k > 30
Healthcare Assistant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
5%
Occupational Category

Caring Personal Service Occupations

Also included in this category:

Nursing auxiliaries; nursing assistants; ambulance care assistants; ambulance drivers; undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants

Number Employed:

12,100

Part time workers: 26%
Aged over 55: 23%
Male / Female: 26 / 74%
Non-Nationals: 12%
With Third Level: 32%
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Works within a hospital or community setting under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.


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1Total Records:3

Deirdre Lavelle
Care Assistant
Deirdre Lavelle works as a Care Assistant in St Michael's House. Having worked for a number of years as a Special Needs Assistant she applied for a job in St Michael's House. She has completed a foundation course on Skills in Counselling from NUI Maynooth. She is currently studying for a B.A. in Social Studies (Disability) with the Open Training College.
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Lydia Peppard
Care Assistant

Lydia works as a Health Care Assistant for the HSE and is based in St. Joseph's Hospital in Co. Meath. Lydia has worked in patient care throughout her career, and has completed an Honours Degree in Industrial Relations/HR in recent years. She would now like to move more into the Human Resources area and work on bringing about change that benefits all.

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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
Clinical Nurse Manager 2

Ejiro O'Hare Stratton is a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 with the HSE working in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in a supervisory role for Care Assistants. She holds a Certificate in Nursing Studies and has also received a Diploma in Management & Industrial Relations and a BA in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations.

 

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.

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Turn or reposition bedridden patients.

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Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.

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Review patients' dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.

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Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.

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Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.

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Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.

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Observe or examine patients to detect symptoms that may require medical attention, such as bruises, open wounds, or blood in urine.

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Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.

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Remind patients to take medications or nutritional supplements.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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