Nurse Assistants function as a member of the nursing care team and assist licensed nursing staff in the care of patients on the 2 East, 3 West, or Float Pool Unit. They perform a wide range of patient care, diagnostic services, treatment, monitoring activities of daily living and charting for the unit. They perform duties to encourage recovery and maintain a safe and therapeutic environment. They provide nursing care to patients, and serve as a member of the health care team. Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment, instruments and monitors. Assists patients with setting up oxygen, cpap etc. Uses equipment properly such as vital sign machines, EKG, bladder scan, AED etc. Uses phones, patient lift equipment, and camera monitoring system/call system/panic alarm system. Reports equipment malfunction to senior staff and puts in a work order when appropriate. Recognizes abnormalities and brings them to the attention of the RN. Notifies RN of results and ensures original results are made part of the permanent record. Maintain administrative and clinical files. Orders and maintains supplies for the unit to include specialized supplies pertaining to instruments used in the unit. Properly stores and/or cleans equipment when testing is completed or patient is discharged. Maintains a therapeutic and safe ward milieu by identifying, reporting and eliminating potential hazards. Completes unit rounds and patient safety checks. Completes hazardous items checks of unit, patients, and their belongings. Performs one-to-one observations of patients. Conducts camera monitoring of unit and patients. Identifies patient at risk for suicide/self-harm, falls, disruptive behavior etc. Places patients in seclusion and/or restraints as directed Takes emergency actions in all situations, ex: cardio-pulmonary arrests, Disruptive Behavior incidents, fires, disasters etc. Receives and directs patients, answers routine inquiries and makes referrals. Assists patients in contacting volunteer or social services as needed. Obtains release forms. Assists patients, visitors and others requesting information, guidance or referral for special assistance. Participates in the admission of patients by obtaining information, orienting patients to the unit and treatment team, obtaining vital signs and weight and checking patients and their belongings for hazardous items. Assists physicians and nurses in the care and treatment of clients receiving medical care for psychiatric or substance abuse treatment. Observes, documents, and reports to the professional nurse changes in patient behavior, attitude, physical complaints, appearance, vital signs and/or changes in the patients' condition that may be related to medications, sensory distortions or medical conditions. Reports reactions to/responses to treatment. Performs direct patient support work including personal patient care. Delivers meals and /or snacks to patients and assists as needed. Encourages independence in patients by instructing, guiding and assisting patients as needed in activities of daily living. Accompanies/escorts patients on activities and to appointments, treatments etc. in other areas of the hospital or off hospital grounds. Performs a range of diagnostic support duties such as taking, recording and reporting to RN deviations in vital signs/withdrawal symptoms, collecting and labeling specimens for the laboratory. Makes gross visual observations and identifies subtle changes regarding patients' condition. Uses hot/cold packs as ordered. Performs standard diagnostic tests or procedures (in accordance with Nursing Procedure grid) such as removing peripheral IVs, electrocardiograms, bladder scan, venipuncture for collection of blood specimen, finger-sticks for glucose determination. Demonstrates acceptable behavior as a role model for patient behavior. Encourages patient and family to actively participate in the individualized treatment plan. Encourages positive patient-family relationships. Provides specific health information based on the patients' condition, including facility health promotion programs. Gives patient and family after-care instructions. Conducts patient meetings and groups. Maintains patient and clinical records from admission to discharge. Provides personal patient care, and educating patients on pre-testing and post procedure activities. Documents patients' physical and emotional status and response to nursing interventions, using the problem oriented medical record format. Secures patient confidence and cooperation during hospital stay. Promotes a sense of ego integrity, self-worth and dignity by acknowledging patients' acceptable behavior and progress toward recovery. Handles Clerical/Administrative Support Coordination Requirement Provides general clerical administrative support coordination work for the unit. Updates unit forms and/or worksheets. Orders and maintains supplies for the unit. Assists in orienting personnel to the clinical area including proper clinical procedures. Answers telephone and directs call to the appropriate person/area. Performs other related duties as assigned Work Schedule: Rotating to include nights/days/holidays/weekends Compressed/Flexible: Yes Telework: No Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Nursing Assistant/PD50354A, PD50624A, and PD50626A Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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