JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs assigned patient care and observation duties under the direction of an RN or LPN. Monitors and operates patient care equipment. Performs specialized technical patient care procedures. Maintains a clean and safe environment. Communicates with patients and members of the nursing team to relay appropriate information and provide effective patient care. Reinforces patient and family teaching. Participates in the orientation of staff to the unit and precepts nursing technicians on the unit. Maintains hospital and unit specific competencies. Maintains Heartsaver certification. As part of a patient focused service, promotes a supportive and healing environment to enhance patient and staff satisfaction. Assists in emergency situations as directed by an RN or LPN. Ensures that prescribed measures related to hygiene, comfort and rest are provided. Complies with Standard Precautions guidelines and all other Infection Control procedures and safety standards to maintain and promote a clean and healthy work environment. Assists in the use of bedside blood glucose machines, bag-valve-mask devices, anti-embolism stockings, pneumatic compression stockings, oxygen, suction equipment, and incentive spirometer. Operates converter chairs, lifts, scales, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, non-invasive BP monitors, automatic thermometers, sphygmomanometers, pulse oximeters, and computers. Performs vital signs and measures patient intake and output; records information. Records blood glucose results. Reports observations and unusual information regarding patients to RN/LPN. Maintains, observes, and performs site care of common drainage tubes and devices. Observes color, consistency, amount and odor from drainage tube. Assists RN/LPN in providing patient care according to individual needs by observing IV site appearance, discontinuing peripheral INTs, performing simple wound care, assisting with range of motion, ambulation, patient transfers, diet/feeding, elimination, hygiene, performing pre-and -post-operative procedural care, discontinuing foley catheters, assisting with respiratory functions/procedures, and assisting with special procedures at the bedside. Participates in shift report. Prepares room to receive patient by setting up equipment and ensuring neatness and cleanliness of room. Transports and collects patient specimens throughout hospital, and contributes to the completion of admission, discharge, transfer and postmortem care. Utilizes appropriate technology to complete processes. Participates in unit-based and system-wide Performance Improvement Program. Supports cost efficient/effective delivery of care. Serves as a resource/model through compliance with standards of care and with Department of Nursing and Hospital policies and procedures. May participate in research projects impacting patient care areas. Performs related responsibilities as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A high school diploma or equivalent. One year of direct patient care experience. Certification by the State of Georgia as a Certified Nursing Assistant or certified in an equivalent discipline required. Successful completion of a Nursing Technician training program or an equivalent training program, preceptor training program for long-term care, or currently enrolled in an accredited Registered Nurse program and have completed two clinical semesters. Heartsaver certification required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking; Occasional sitting; Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing); Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure; Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors; Communicable diseases; Electrical shock; Floor Surfaces; Hot/Cold Temperatures; Indoor/Outdoor conditions; Latex; Lighting; Patient care/handling injuries; Radiation; Shift work; Travel may be required; Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators; environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.