Career Nursing Assistants



Nursing assistants are key players in the lives of the people in their care. Each day, more than 4.5 million caregivers provide hands-on care to our nation’s frail, elderly, or chronically challenged citizens in nursing homes and other long term care settings. And the number is growing as an additional 700,000 new positions will need to be filled in the next 25 years.


These important workers have various titles including: Nursing Assistants, Direct Care Workers, Care Assistants, Home Care Assistants, Caregivers, Hospice Assistants, Geriatric Aide/Assistants, Resident Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, Restorative Aides, Patient Care Assistants and others in nursing homes, home care, hospice, LTC hospitals, Emergency rooms, prisons, MR Facilities, Workshops and other long term care settings


Nursing Assistants provide as much as 80-90% of the direct care received by residents and clients in long term care facilities.


Because they “stay” in care giving positions, Career Nursing Assistants provide predictability and stability to care. This in turn enhances the feeling of security for our aging, frail, or physically challenged citizens. The following findings are from the “Stayers Studies” (funded by the Administration on Aging, National Institute on Aging, 1997-98):


28% stay 5 or more years in positions as nursing assistants
12.6% stay 10-55 or more years
Stayers maintain positive relationships with residents
Stayers value job security and peer relationships
Stayers are considered to be health care experts in their own families
The majority of Stayers had a positive experience with an older person early in life and this factor contributed to their decision to become a nursing assistants.


Career Nurse Assistants bring wisdom, patience, humor, and a general attitude of caring to the daily lives of these people.


The Career Nursing Assistant also provides a role model for new nursing assistants and often recognized as the health care expert in their own families.




Nursing Assistants with twenty or more years of service are invited to become members of the National 20-Year Club, now in its 36th year nationwide. The 20-Year Club is the Nursing Assistants Honor Society, which aims to recognize and validate the caregivers who provide consistent long term services to the people in their care over time.