The incumbent will provide direct patient care to patients requiring nursing care and observation on a regular and ongoing basis in a Medical, Surgical, and Rehabilitation, Mental Health or CLC inpatient/outpatient unit. Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or providers. The NA is accountable for adhering to the standards of care, standards of practice and maintaining competencies with role and responsibility. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Personal hygiene tasks include bathing, oral and denture care, nail care, shaving/hair care, general grooming and bed-making. Responsible for positioning and movement of patients, including walking patients, turning patients, and assisting providers and nurses in positioning patients for bedside procedures. Preparing patients and assisting with dining/meals. Checking and recording intake and output, including calorie counts. Reporting to RN if tube feeding or IV fluids are running low. Providing patients with water, ice and snacks. Observing, reporting and recording patient bowel and bladder function. Helping patients with bedpans and urinals. Orients patients to the unit and interacts with patients and families to help them feel comfortable. Participates in the admission, transfer and discharge of patients as assigned. Follows all standard safety precautions and adheres to all hospital safety regulations. Maintains a safe, clean, environment (patient room, storage areas, utility rooms, hallways). Maintains privacy and dignity of patients by using privacy curtains and draping techniques with patients and safe guards confidential patient information. Adjusts oxygen mask or nasal cannula if not in place and applies oxygen head on new 02 tank or to wall in the patient room Observes, records and reports drainage to the RN Performs, records and reports blood glucose testing using the finger stick method at the bedside Delivers specimens to the Lab and pick up blood from the Blood Bank Applies cardiac monitor leads to the patient's chest and turns on the bedside cardiac monitor. Takes & records temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respirations, pulse oximetry, height & weight. Asks each patient to rate his/her pain using approved rating scales, records the response and reports ratings of 4 or greater to the registered nurse. Recognizes and respects patients cultural, spiritual, religious backgrounds and beliefs and the right to choose. Attends conferences and staff meetings Participates in nursing care planning by providing information received by the patient/significant other to the appropriate team members. Record observations and treatments on the patients' record according to approved format Reports changes in patients' condition to the appropriate team member. Work Schedule: 1:45pm - 10:15pm, 40 hours a week/every other weekend Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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