Responsible for providing nursing care to patients involving standardized procedures requiring knowledge of specific patient conditions and treatments that includes personal care, collection and reporting of vital signs, assisting with procedures, patient charting, and patient teaching under the supervision of Registered Nurses and other medical staff. Assists with patient re-positioning, transporting, dressing/undressing and Activity of Daily Living in accordance with the Nursing Standards of Care and Unit policy. Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
- Responsible for providing direct observation of patients as directed by the nursing plan of care and under supervision of the nursing staff and/or nursing department supervisor. Responsible for assisting nursing staff to create, maintain and provide a safe environment.
- Explains treatments, observes patients, communicates observations or changes in patient’s condition to the appropriate healthcare team members and initiates emergency measures such as basic life.
- Shares in the responsibility of the initiation and maintenance of clinical records by charting of vital signs, height and weight; intake and output, observations relative to patients’ condition and reaction to treatment and nursing care given.
- Transports patients using a variety of equipment including: wheelchair, stretchers, beds, or other mechanism and assist in patient ambulation.
- Assists in preparing a patient for procedures that include draping patient for examinations and treatments and remains with patients. May include performing duties such as holding instruments and adjusting lights.
- Handles multiple duties and tasks like changing bed linens, run errands, direct visitors, and answer telephone.
- Takes and records temperature, blood pressure, height, weight, pulse and respiration rates, and as directed may collect or transport specimens.
- Cleans, sterilizes stores, prepares, and issues dressing packs, treatment trays, and other supplies.
- Follows stringent cleanliness regimes as to preclude the possibilities of infections and other diseases.
- Practices hand-off communication to the next CNA on shift or to the charge nurse
- Ensure proper and safe care of patient valuables and clothing, follows the organization’s policies and procedures.
- Maintains positive working relationships with staff and contributes to teamwork within the department. Adheres to TCRHCC mission, goals and policies.
- Assists in assembling and maintaining adequate supplies and shares in the responsibility for general upkeep of the department equipment and supplies.
- Demonstrates appropriate uses of equipment, materials, and supplies during nursing care of patient.
- Attends all mandatory in-services and department meetings as required and scheduled.
- Ensure proper PPE is always worn while on duty including but not limited to, face mask, gloves, gown, isolation gown, NIOSH-approved N95 filtering facepiece respirator or higher, if available), and eye or face shield.
- Complete all donning and doffing tasks in a safe acceptable method and discard of used PPE accordingly. (see CDC website for most current updates)
- Complete task training for all routine cleaning and decontamination processes for all surfaces contaminated by a communicable disease to ensure a high level of patient, visitor, employee and external customer satisfaction
- Performs other duties as assigned and float to other units.
Additional Duties for Inpatient Units:
- Answers call lights or intercom system promptly to determine and assist with patients' needs; reports any abnormal findings or complaints to charge nurse.
- Assists patients with meal by direct feeding or bring tray to them and set up.
- Turns, repositions, or assist in bathroom/toileting of bedrest patients.
- Understand and practice preventive measures of bedsores of all patients.
- Initiates recreational activities, such as assisting with outdoor ambulation or deliver reading material to patients.
- Responsible for electronic health records data entry pertinent to patient service role
- Performs other duties as assigned and float to other units.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFORT
The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position is very active and requires prolonged standing, walking, sitting, bending, and also requires extended periods of kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing throughout the day. The employee must be able to reach with hands and arms for an extended period of time as well as prolonged use of hands and fingers, repetitive movements, grasping and fine dexterity. The employee must frequently lift or move objects and patients weighing over 50 pounds with intermittent lifting of up to 100 pounds. This position requires the ability to read, write, and communicate effectively in verbal and written form. It also requires the ability of close, distance, peripheral, depth and adjust to focus vision as needed. The employee must be able to hear alarms, equipment alarms, client calls, instructions for physician/department staff and overhead pages over a loudspeaker. This position may require long hours and frequent weekend work when working inpatient units.
Must be able to prioritize and use good judgment. Must be able to coordinate a variety of issues while being frequently interrupted. Must communicate effectively and with tact in stressful situation.
This position works mostly indoors with prolonged exposure to fumes or airborne particles, intermittent exposure to wet, humid conditions, working near moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, and occasionally in outdoor weather conditions of extreme cold or extreme heat; there is also intermittent risk of electric shock and risk of radiation exposure due to the medications and equipment present for patient care. This position does work around infectious disease and in an environment of infectious diseases. The typical noise level in this position is moderate.