Works under the close supervision of a RN/Physician and according to established procedures provides supportive services and basic nursing procedures necessary to provide for care, comfort, and safety of patients. Takes temperatures, blood pressures, pulse, pulse ox levels, visual acuity, etc. and assists patients with personal hygiene, feeding and ambulating patients according to specific procedures. Maintains equipment and supplies for patient care and ensures patient and service rooms are in a clean and orderly condition.
GED/High School Diploma required. Completion of an approved nursing assistant program preferred.
ASCP Phlebotomy certification preferred
Previous experience as Nursing Assistant/EMT/Phlebotomist preferred. Less than one to three months on-the-job experience necessary in order to gain knowledge of basic patient care methods, procedures and techniques, and to acquire and effectively utilize knowledge of unit procedures and schedules.
D. Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills necessary in order to interact with patients, families, physicians, and a variety of hospital personnel and to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity necessary to elicit patient and family cooperation.
E. Essential Technical/Motor Skills
Must have ability to use hands for repetitive simple grasping, pushing/pulling, and fine manipulation when providing assistance to patients, operating related equipment, and assisting with personal hygiene. Must use feet for repetitive movement as in operating foot controls with operating patient beds. Ability to perform phlebotomy techniques including special procedures such as blood cultures, heelsticks, fingersticks, and bleeding times.
F. Essential Physical Requirements
The physical demand is heavy. Occasionally lifts in excess of 100 pounds and frequently carries 50 pounds. Stands or walks greater than 50% of the day with regular breaks when assessing and interviewing patients and providing skilled nursing. Sits for one to three hours per day when reviewing diagnostic data and completing required documentation. Ability to use hands for repetitive simple grasping, fine manipulation, and pushing and pulling when attending to a patient’s physical needs, operating patient care equipment, and recording responses to medications and treatment.
G. Essential Mental Requirements
Must be able to complete simple comparisons between numbers when taking patient’s temperature and weight, and to record routine information on patient’s chart. Ability to pay close attention to detail when drawing and labeling specimens and performing testing.
H. Essential Sensory Requirements
Good vision is required when performing job duties, such as taking patient’s temperature and weight, feeding and ambulating patients and observing patients. Ability to hear and speak clearly is continuously required when interacting with patients, visitors, and physicians and reporting to team leader/charge nurse the treatments, results, observations, patient complaints, and other pertinent information regarding the condition of the patient.
I. Exposure to Hazards
Occasionally exposed to dust, dirt, heat and cold, fumes/odors, noise, body fluids, sharp instruments, extreme temperatures, moving machinery, unpleasant patient-care activities, and frequently exposed to infectious diseases.