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Why Becoming a Caregiver During Nursing School May Benefit You

As you make your way through nursing school or your nursing career, you may find yourself looking for ways to make extra money, as well as a job that will help you fine tune your nursing skills.

Although nursing requires you to undergo medical training and develop skills that will help clients medically, becoming a caregiver for a non-medical home care company will allow you to fine tune the skills you need in order to become a great nurse. Non-medical caregivers have the opportunity to change and impact the lives of their clients by helping them age comfortably and gracefully at home. If you have the opportunity to do so while gaining more experience for your nursing degree and career, wouldn’t you take it?

What is Caregiving? What do Caregivers Do?

 
If you are not familiar with the caregiving field, an in-home caregiver is simply someone who assist someone in their home with daily tasks. Caregivers are trained individuals that are capable of supporting an elderly individual or an individual with developmental disabilities. When hired to be someone’s caregiver, that person is entrusted with their well-being and happiness. A caregiver acts as the main line of defense against their client and getting injured, maintaining their health and keeping them comfortable and safe, as well as giving peace of mind to the family members that may have hired the caregiver.

Caregivers can provide a wide range of services to their clients, all of which registered nurses or nursing students are capable of executing with their nursing education and the information that they have been taught through their nursing program. Such services include personal care, medication reminders and meal preparation/nutrition. Other services that caregivers provide their clients include light housekeeping and companionship. Although these services may not directly correlate to nursing and nurse practitioners, they can teach those going through nursing school how to interact with patients in need and how to handle all types of situations.

It is also important to note that a caregiver can care for an elderly individual or a child or adult with developmental disabilities. Since there are two different types of clients, the overall experience and day to day tasks that a caregiver executes will be different. When caring for an elderly individual, a caregiver may focus more on preventing falls and ensuring that they are getting the proper care to maintain their health and well-being. On the other hand, if a caregiver is working with a child or adult with developmental disabilities, they will be working closely with their client to tailor services that benefit them depending on their disabilities and their needs that stem directly from their diagnosis. For example, a caregiver that works with an elderly individual that has Alzheimer’s will have a much different set of daily tasks than a caregiver that is working with a child with Autism. If you are interested in becoming a caregiver while pursuing your nursing degree or while working as a nurse, it is important to ask the home care agency which type of client they serve.

What is the Difference Between a Nurse and a Caregiver? Can I Be Both?

 
Simply put, nurses make wonderful caregivers and caregivers make amazing nurses! The nursing profession gives an individual experience taking care of others and ensuring that their clients are safe and healthy. As you make your way through your career path, you may consider becoming a caregiver because aforementioned, it will enhance your skills as a nurse practitioner or during your tenure of nursing education. However, it is important to note that there are several differences between registered nurses and caregivers.

The first main difference between the two professions is that nurses often handle medical care and situations such as treating open wounds, taking a client’s vitals and administering medications. Nurses are trained to deal with situations that require medical attention and experience. On the other hand, caregivers, specifically caregivers for non-medical companies, do not partake in medical activities or any sort of caregiving duties that require medical attention. As mentioned previously, a caregiver likely will be able to monitor medications and ensure the individual has taken their proper medications, but they are not allowed to physically administer the medications.

Another difference between nurses and caregivers is the education and training required in order to enter the field. A caregiver has to be CPR certified and go through emergency preparedness training, as well as any additional trainings that the home care company requires its caregivers to go through such as fall prevention or diagnosis specific trainings. Registered nurses on the other hand have to go through different levels of education such as obtaining their GED, a bachelor’s degree and additional clinical hours that count towards obtaining their nursing education and certification. It is important to note that being a caregiver may or may not count for the clinical hours that are needed for nursing programs. If it does not count towards your nursing program, becoming a caregiver can still help supplement the experience that you have as a nurse or a potential nurse candidate. Although the initial training and education to become each of these occupations are different, they are not completely separate. The training you go through for nursing school and to become a registered nurse will help you greatly in your caregiving career.

Overall, being a caregiver and a nurse are two very different professions that require different types of experience and training but work very well hand-in-hand with each other.  After becoming a nurse, you will likely have several opportunities to find jobs in several different atmospheres that are looking for registered nurses (RNs) and that are asking for the skill sets that you were taught through out nursing school. Although in-home caregivers may not have as many opportunities, as they only work in a client’s home, providing the care they were trained to do. These differences should not deter you from becoming a caregiver, but rather supplement your drive to gain more experience in your field of nursing by gaining more experience through caregiving.

Is Caregiving Right for Me?

 
As a nurse, or a nursing student, you may start to consider becoming a caregiver on the side or as a way to earn hours that go towards obtaining your registered nursing license. But, how do you know if this profession or side hustle is right for you? Simply put, caregiving can be a great way to perfect and brush up on your nursing skills and allow you to make a difference in people’s lives by providing high-quality and superior care to clients. Before you consider becoming a caregiver, finding the right home care agency can heavily influence your decision to take on the job. Nurses as caregivers are perhaps some of the most prepared and well-educated caregivers on the market – making you a hot commodity that your clients and their family will value and appreciate! Whether you are providing long term care to a client with Dementia or short term care to an individual with a chronic illness, your value in the caregiving field is felt and known. Consider becoming a caregiver while you pursue your nursing career and you can make a difference in the world!

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Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
I LOVE BEING ON CALL THRU THE WEEK MAKE MORE MONEY, WORK WHEN YOU WANT. LOVE LOVE LOVE 24 HR AND ALL THE STAFFERS THERE THE BEST.
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!

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