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Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support Workers

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NOC:3413
Occupation:Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support Workers
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

Continuing care assistants (CCA), nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates assist nurses, hospital staff and physicians in the basic care of patients. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities for the elderly, and other health care establishments.

Job duties:
Continuing care assistants, nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Answer call signals; supply and empty bed pans; bathe, dress and groom patients; serve meal trays, feed or assist in feeding of patients and assist patients with menu selection; weigh, lift, turn, and position patients; shave patients prior to operations; supervise patients' exercise routines, set up and provide leisure activities for patients, accompany patients on outside recreational activities and perform other duties related to patient care and comfort.
  • Take patients' blood pressure, temperature and pulse; report or record fluid intake and output; observe or monitor patients' status and document patient care on charts; administer first aid in emergency situations; collect specimens such as urine, faeces or sputum; administer suppositories, colonic irrigations and enemas and perform other procedures as directed by nursing and hospital staff.
  • Transport patients by wheelchair or stretcher for treatment or surgery.
  • Carry messages, reports, requisitions and specimens between departments.
  • Make beds and maintain patients' rooms.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies.
  • May perform maintenance tasks such as assisting with the set-up and maintenance of traction equipment, cleaning or sterilizing equipment, maintaining and repairing equipment, and assembling, setting-up and operating job-related equipment.
  • May transport patients between care facilities.
Sample job titles:
  • continuing care assistant
  • emergency medical care attendant (EMCA)
  • health care aide
  • hospice worker
  • hospital attendant
  • nurse aide
  • nursing home attendant
  • orderly
  • personal care provider - medical
  • psychiatric aide
Skills:

To work in this field, you should have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others. Patience and the ability to handle stressful situations may be needed. You should be an effective communicator and a good problem-solver. You must be efficient and accurate, yet sensitive to the needs of clients. Shift work and lifting are often required.

Job requirements:
  • Some secondary school education and on-the-job training or a nursing aide or health care aide college or private institutional program, or a college nursing orderly program and supervised practical training are required.
  • To practice as a continuing care assistant (CCA) in Nova Scotia, an individual must be a graduate of an approved CCA program and have successfully completed the Nova Scotia CCA provincial exam.
  • Some health care facilities may also require completion of specialized courses such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), first aid and food handling/sterile processing.
  • An appropriate class of driver's licence may be required for medical attendants.
Other considerations:

None

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 57% of Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $33,273. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support Workers5,300Strong Growth1,158Low
Minimum: $15.14
Median: $17.65
Maximum: $20.31
Minimum: $10,560
Median: $27,740
Maximum: $39,193
Occupations in Health32,750Moderate Growth3,921Low
Minimum: $16.00
Median: $25.00
Maximum: $40.00
Minimum: $13,778
Median: $44,597
Maximum: $86,064
Continuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time72%80%
Percent self-employed0%9%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentContinuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region13%$23,28312%$30,581
Northern Region22%$28,10216%$33,660
Cape Breton17%$29,82912%$32,974
Halifax34%$24,82748%$41,209
Annapolis Valley14%$21,45713%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Health Care and Social Assistance97%
Other Services1%
Other Industries1%
Public Administration1%
Management, Admin & Other Support0%
What are the workers like?
AgeContinuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
15-2412%3%
25-3419%19%
35-4423%28%
45-5428%32%
55-6415%15%
65+2%3%
Median Age4344
GenderContinuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
Female87%82%
Male13%18%
EducationContinuing Care Assistants and Other Health Support WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.6%$24,7231.5%$27,581
High school19.1%$19,9166.3%$24,119
Trades certificate22.0%$29,2968.2%$31,728
College certificate or diploma40.0%$27,41235.8%$36,693
University certificate or diploma4.6%$24,4387.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degree6.6%$23,56823.4%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diploma0.7%$10,6132.5%$61,833
Master's degree1.3%$70,8005.0%$87,808
Doctoratexx1.1%$70,843
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx8.5%$83,000
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Continuing Care Assistant
Special Requirements:Standards exist for this job in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional body may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not legally needed to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Continuing Care Assistant Registry
2 Dartmouth Road
Bedford, NS B4A 2K7
(902) 832-8500
(902) 832-8505
cailleagh.sharples@healthassociation.ns.ca
Useful contacts:
Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia
c/o Sunshine Personal Home Care 38A Withrod Drive
Halifax, NS B3L 4N9
Tel: (902) 492-0681
Fax: (902) 499-1435
ccans@eastlink.ca
Continuing Care Assistant Program
2 Dartmouth Road
Bedford, NS B4A 2K7
Tel: (902) 832-8500
Fax: (902) 832-8505
pam.shipley@healthassociation.ns.ca
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
info@hcsc.ca
Health Association of Nova Scotia
2 Dartmouth Road
Bedford, NS B4A 2K7
Tel: (902) 832-8500
contactus@healthassociation.ns.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Developmental service worker
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply practical knowledge and skills to support individuals with a variety of physical, mental or developmental disabilities in a family or community setting. These programs include courses in health care, basic nutrition, pharmacology, nursing, autism, mental health, psychology, sociology, behavioural analysis, communication, intervention, counselling and community services, and developmental services, such as literacy and life skills training.
See all institutions providing this program+
Maritime Business College - Dartmouth
45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
(902) 463-6700
admissions@maritimebusinesscollege.ca
Island Career Academy
721 Alexandra Street
Sydney, NS B1S 2H4
(902) 564-6112
admissions@islandcareeracademy.ca
Program Name:Health aide
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to provide routine care and assistance to patients under the direct supervision of other health care professionals, and/or to perform routine maintenance and general assistance in health care facilities and laboratories.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Nurse/nursing assistant/aide and patient care assistant/aide
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
See all institutions providing this program+
Cape Breton Business College
315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier
Sydney, NS B1N 3B1
(902) 564-2222
info@cbbc.ns.ca
Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Success College
800 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8
(902) 865-8283
Island Career Academy
721 Alexandra Street
Sydney, NS B1S 2H4
(902) 564-6112
admissions@islandcareeracademy.ca
DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.
1577 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7
(902) 429-1847
Futureworx Career College
80 Glenwood Drive
Truro, NS B2N 1P3
(902) 895-2837
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
PeopleWorx
11 Opportunity Lane
Coldbrook, NS B4R 0A5
(902) 679-2755
jharrison@peopleworx.ca
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