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Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
Description: Nursing and psychiatric aides care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and mental health clinics. Home health aides care for patients in the home. All of these workers feed, bathe, and dress patients, help them get in and out of bed, take temperatures and blood pressures, and set up equipment. They report any signs or changes to doctors or nurses. Most work some weekends and evening hours. They must be strong enough to lift and move patients.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition at http://www.bls.gov/OCO/
Salary: $15,001 to $23,000 per year


There are 28 math topics Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides need to know.
Basic Math / Algebra
Ratio and Proportion
Customary Measurement
Metric Measurement
Measurement Conversion
Basic Probability
Basic Statistics
Negative Numbers
Scientific Notation
Basic Problem Solving
First-Year Algebra
Using Formulas
Linear Equations
Linear Inequalities
Operations with Polynomials
Factoring Polynomials
Algebraic Representation
Basic Terminology
Angle Measurement
Other Topics
Basic Calculator Use
Computer Use
Computer Programming
Group Problem Solving
Mental Math
Inductive/Deductive Reasoning
Math Communications