Have any doubts about how important health care aides are in the medical profession? Wondering exactly how you'll be supporting patients, and improving their quality of life, as a health care aide?
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Aiming to play a key role on a patient care team without going through years of university training? Then you may want to become a health care aide.
Health care aides deliver the kind of front-line, compassionate support that makes a real difference in patients’ lives.
By providing practical assistance and companionship, they help their clients stay as safe and independent as possible.
And now is an excellent time to get into this career. There’s strong demand for health care aides in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba.
So what does it take to get started? How do you become a health care aide?
Read on to learn about 5 simple steps that can help you reach your goal.
Looking for a meaningful role in the fast-growing field of healthcare? Eager to avoid spending years in school?
Good news: there are several healthcare careers that offer solid employment outlooks but require minimal training.
This post examines four such careers: health care aide, community support worker, medical office assistant, and medical lab assistant.
All of these careers take 12 months or less of training and have projected growth rates of at least 20% across Manitoba.
Keep reading to explore each of these healthcare careers and see which path may be right for you.
Nancy Scott RN (centre) wins the Herzing College Teacher of the Year award for her outstanding work with health care aide students
Health care aides (HCAs) are in high demand in Winnipeg, and across most of Canada. Our rapidly aging population and dwindling health care budgets have long-term care facilities bursting at the seams.
Meanwhile, many seniors are opting to stay in their own homes for longer, creating a need for trained health care aides who can assist them to live safely on their own.
If you're looking for a career in healthcare that doesn't require years of training, but involves challenging, meaningful work—becoming a health care aide is an ideal option.
Photo: Herzing graduate, Sheri Richard in her Health Care Aide uniform at Extendicare Oakview Place in Winnipeg.
It's always really exciting to catch up with Herzing grads, and see how much their lives have changed since finishing school and starting a brand new career.
Health Care Aide graduate, Sheri Richard, is a great example. She switched career paths later in life, when she could no longer find work in her field and needed a new direction.
Sheri knew she wanted to help people, so she started looking around for quick training options. A 5-month Health Care Aide Diploma was an ideal fit.
And even though she has 3 children and a very busy schedule, Sheri took the leap and started the program. Turns out, it was the best decision she ever made.
Here's what she told us about heading back to school, starting her Health Care Aide career, and where she's working now.
Susan Zirk in her health care aide scrubs, in Selkirk, Manitoba.
Updated June 2021
Are you considering becoming a health care aide, and wondering if you'd be a good fit for the role?
Looking to switch jobs, but don't want to spend years re-training? You're definitely not alone.
Susan Zirk was working a high-pressure finance job when she started looking around for other options. She wanted to do something with more meaning - work that actually helps people and feels rewarding.
Finally, she took the plunge and signed up for Health Care Aide training at Herzing College Winnipeg.
Now she's living a completely different life, working for a home-care company that helps seniors life safely and independently in their own residences.
We checked in with Susan this week to see how her new career is going, and learn more about her experience becoming a Health Care Aide. Read on for the highlights!
Herzing Health Care Aide students pose for a photo
Facing the death of a patient is a natural part of working as a health care aide. But that doesn't mean it ever gets easy.
A health care aide student at Herzing College practices patient care procedures
For many people, finding a quick college training program that leads directly to paid work is a top priority. And there are several good reasons students are drawn to condensed certificates and diplomas—like cheaper tuition, shorter disruption to work and family life, and a much faster start to a career.
But when we think of health care careers, it's not fast training programs that come to mind. Doctors, nurses, and other clinicians spend years earning an education. Most people assume that meaningful work in health care takes a huge investment of time and money on training.
Considering a career in health care, but aren't sure which training program to pursue? Budget cuts to provincial health programs and services have made many students wary of entering the field—but not all areas of health care are cutting back.
Front-line roles, such as health care aide (HCA), are actually expanding, driven by the needs of our aging population—needs our hospitals and long-term care providers are struggling to meet.