Experience and Education
–High school diploma or equivalent.
-Familiarity with medical terminology. Working knowledge of basic computer software skills.
-Must have one year acute care inpatient hospital experience or a certified nursing assistant certificate or certified medical assistant certificate or completed the first semester of nursing clinicals.
-Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, course accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA).
-Must achieve validation of required core competencies and training within 6 months of employment.
1. Provide patient care under the direction of nursing staff being certain to only perform tasks in which training and/or competency has been validated.
2. Collect, monitor, and document pertinent data relating to patient fuctioning and care to include but not limited to: intake and output, weight, temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure. Recognizes and immediately reports values outside normal parameters to the nurse.
3. Perform patient rounding being sure to report any changes in a patient's condition or behavior immediately to the nurse. Seeks assistance and guidance as needed to ensure that patient care is delivered in a safe, high quality and effective manner at all times.
4. Assess, identify, and monitor environmental, patient, and the patient's family needs in a respectful, positive, and timely manner to achieve satisfaction.
5. Perform basic hygiene care in accordance with the Department of Nursing policies, procedures and unit standards to include but not limited to pericare, oral care, daily hygiene, linen changes, skin changes, and foley care .
6. Transfer and transport patients in accordance with policies and procedures with specific consideration to age-specific and safety needs.
7. Resolve patient concerns by initiating service recovery and immediately escalating patient, family, visitors and staff concerns through the chain of command.
8. Build meaning and sustainable relationships of trust through open and interactive communication with members of the healthcare team.
9. Prepare, update, and disseminate reports at the change of shift and when changes are noted in the patient's condition.
10. Support the administrative and clinical operations of assigned practice environment.
11. Orient new staff and students to work areas. Collaborates with other nursing staff and hospital employees to create an environment that is conducive to the retention of qualified personnel.
12. Utilize downtime to assist others and/or to provide additional supportive measures to patients and/or patients’ families within the respective patient care environment. Completes other duties as assigned. Performs in the role of sitter as needed, documents as required.
13. Maintain current compliance with ongoing annual education requirements (modules, classes and competencies).
**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
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