Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

As the baby boomer population ages, there will be a rise in the demand for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA’s), particularly those interested in geriatrics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of CNA’s will increase by more than 28 percent, by the year 2016.

 

Home Health Aide (HHA)

Demand for home health aides is strong for per diem employment and is expected to increase as the population ages. Combined with the high staff turnover that is common in home health care, it is likely that the demand for qualified home health aides will remain consistent. Due to the nature of the industry, it is unlikely that full-time employment through a single employer will be the standard.

Individuals interviewed indicated that it is possible to work 40 hours per week through various agencies, particularly if one is available to work late at night or early in the morning, though it is highly unlikely that home health aides will get full time employment through a single employer. Though there is a need for home health aides, some find piecing together hours and not having a consistent schedule or paycheck frustrating, and this is something to consider before pursuing training in this area.

Some home health aides work part-time for an agency and then supplement their income by securing independent private assignments outside of agencies. These opportunities can often be found through a variety of sources, some of which are listed at the bottom of this page, and the wages are generally higher, usually between $15 and $20/hr (some private contractors earn more than $20/hr-this is more common for a 1 or 2 hour assignment). Though some home health aides market themselves independently and can work full-time by securing contract positions with clients, it can be difficult to guarantee payment, adjust schedules to accommodate clients’ needs, and to deal with the administrative aspects of the job.

 

Wages

CNAs who are employed in skilled nursing facilities or residential care homes may earn $13-$18/hr. Full-time general hospital CNAs can earn as much as $16-$21/hr with benefits, but these jobs are rare and the market is competitive at this level. Some facilities employ primarily per diem or part-time employees and have few full-time, benefitted CNAs on staff.

Certified home health aides who are working for a licensed agency typically earn between $8 and $13 per hour, with majority of aides earning closer to $11 per hour. Individuals may work as health aides independently and can usually earn $15-$20/hr.

 

How Can HSCC Help?

HSCC has contracted with health care facilities and hospitals in the Southern California area. If you are or have ever been an HSCC student, please contact Dr. Edna Domingo for more information regarding availability for your specific position.