Certified Nursing Assistant

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 10-05-2017
BASIC FUNCTION:
Performs duties that relate to and support the provision of nursing care such as patient/resident hygiene and comfort, performance of activities of daily living and maintenance of clean and safe environment under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
 
DIMENSIONS:
Indeterminate.
 
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts internally with the patients, nurses, visitors, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
 
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
Prepares patient’s/resident’s unit.
 
Obtains weight, height, temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.
 
Orients patient/resident, family to the unit (cx. Call light, B.R., visiting hour, etc.).

Completes patient/resident inventory sheet.

Performs personal hygiene activities: grooms hair, nails, bathes, showers, mouth care, bed making, perineaL/foley care, cleans and keeps bedside stand, over-bed table and closets neat and in order.
 
Displays greeting cards, arranges/discards flowers.
 
Measures and records intake and output.
 
Obtains and records vital signs, weight and height.

Applies binders restraints, support stockings, ace bandage, splints, immobilizes and non-sterile dressing.  Performs range of motion.

Provides personal comfort and maintains dignity of the patient/resident.
 
Assists the patient/resident in donning health aids such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dentures.

Distributes and collects meal trays.

Feeds patient/resident, serves between meals snacks.

Serves fresh ice and water at the beginning of each shift.

Responds to patient/resident request promptly and directs request to the nurse when necessary.

Reports to the nurse any observation of change in patient/resident condition promptly.
 
Assists patient/resident in dressing.

Assists patient/resident in packing his/her belongings.

Performs post mortem care and accompanies expired patient/resident to the morgue and secures body according to procedures.

Attends and participates in unit educational programs.

Responds to fire and disaster as defined.

Documents on select worksheet (ex: meal percentage, B.M. log etc.).

Stores supplies and equipment.

Attends and participates in unit committees as assigned.
 
Promotes adherence to the Health Sciences Compliance Program, the Howard University Code of Ethics and the Health Sciences Standards of Conduct.
 
Attends annual and periodic mandatory Compliance Program training including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy training.
 
Participates in activities that promote adherence to federal healthcare program requirements.
 
Actively participates in Health Sciences Compliance Program activities.
 
Adheres to the requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Policies and Procedures.
 
Maintains confidentiality of patients, families, and staff.
 
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are related and appropriate to the position and area.  The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
 
 
CORE COMPETENCIES
Demonstrates knowledge and proficiency in providing direct patients/residents care.

Ability to physically and emotionally perform essential functions of the job.

Ability and willingness to handle difficult patients/residents.

Ability to deal tactfully with the unit staff, patients/residents, physicians, visitors, and other health care personnel.

Competence in both oral and written English.
 
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relationships with staff, physicians, Hospital and University officials, and the general public.
 
CARES CRITERIA:
Must demonstrate collaboration; accountability; respect; excellence; and service.
 
Works with team members and peers in and outside of their immediate work group to create an exceptional experience for patients, students and other visitors; looks for ways to achieve departmental/institutional results by partnering.
 
Accepts responsibility for his/her actions to provide health care and or ancillary functions in a highly efficient and compassionate manner.  The employee must function as a Steward (Have Ownership) of the Howard values that foster a commitment to improving the patient and student experience, organizational efficiency and the environment.
 
Embraces diversity; cares holistically for those we serve; treats all as we would like to be treated; manages the patient’s right to privacy with meticulous care 100% of the time and keeps patient and proprietary information about the institution confidential.
 
Anticipates the patient’s and student’s needs, presents as a model representative of the institution and maintains high standards of care while striving to improve performance and create exceptional experiences for our customers.
 
Behaves in a friendly, resourceful and professional manner towards all they encounter; treats patients, students and visitors in the same way that they would want their family members or themselves to be treated.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High School Diploma or GED.

Certificate of successful completion of a nursing assistant course.

Minimum of two (2) years documented experience as a nursing assistant in an acute care or long-term setting.
 
Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs ), bend, pull, push, write, speak, hear, see (depth of perception, color vision), compare, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
 
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