QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- State approved nursing assistant course completion/certification, or enrollment in approved course per state guidelines.
- Experience in the long-term care setting preferred.
- Ability to safely perform the essential functions of the job without harm to self or others.
- Ability to prioritize duties.
- Ability to understand and follow work assignments.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Ability to utilize computers and other electronic devices for tasks such as timekeeping, in-servicing and documentation.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Nursing Care Functions
- Assists residents with personal cares, including bathing, dressing, grooming, oral hygiene, bed mobility, toileting and eating.
- Follows all shift routines, policy and procedures regarding accurate performance of vital signs, weights, etc. Understands/supports Resident Bill of Rights.
- Delivers meals and assists residents with eating. Records accurate food and fluid intake as assigned. Reports any chewing or swallowing difficulty to the nurse.
- Assists the resident with the restorative nursing program including but not limited to, passive and active range of motion, ambulation with appropriate assistive devices and use of transfer belt.
- Uses safety standards at all times in transferring of residents: (a) Uses transfer belt and/or proper mechanical equipment for all transfers/ambulation of residents. (b) Uses proper body mechanics. (c) Ambulates/transfers residents per plan of care. (d) Positions residents to maintain body alignment per policy and procedure and plan of care.
- Reports promptly to the nurse any changes in the resident condition.
- Answers call lights promptly and determines residents’ needs.
- Neatly makes and changes bed linens.
- Ensures that residents are clean, neatly dressed according to preference or age, and well-groomed.
- Reports any indication of resident illness to the nurse.
- Provides any information on changes in skin conditions to the nurse.
- Follows standard precautions and works within OSHA guidelines. Follows infection control policy/procedure: (a) Follows resident skin care protocol. (b) Properly cleans and stores resident equipment. (c) Maintains sanitary conditions in common areas (e.g., tub rooms, dining areas, hallways). (d) Follows basic principles of linen handling. (e) Follows principles of universal precautions. (f) Follows isolation precautions. (g) Reports any concern related to infection control to nurse.
- Observe and report any noted changes in mental status to the nurse.
- Report to charge nurse all incidents/accidents that occur involving employee, residents, and visitors.
- Treats and ensures that residents are treated with respect and dignity. Shows respect for resident’s right to confidentiality, dignity and privacy.
- Immediately reports any suspected abuse or neglect per facility policy.
- Remains aware and takes special precautions to ensure a clean and safe environment for residents and staff.
- Reports any equipment malfunction to designated employee.
- Completes miscellaneous tasks related to care of residents (e.g., transporting patients).
- Reports to nurse prior to shift and at end of shift.
- Accurately documents vital signs, weights, intake and output as delegated per facility protocol.
- Utilizes electronic systems of documentation as required per facility policy.
- Personnel Functions
- Attends designated nursing meetings as scheduled.
- Develops and maintains a good working relationship with inter-departmental personnel.
- Attends educational offerings and obtains at least twelve (12) hours of continuing education a year per state regulations.
- Follows federal and state rules and regulations governing nursing facilities.
- Reports emergency situations immediately to nurse.
- Responds immediately to an emergency. This includes assisting with the evacuation of residents.
- Establishes and maintains respectful communication with all employees, residents and families.
- Attends required in-services and completes assigned on-line modules.
- Uses proper chain of command to communicate concerns.
- Committee Functions
- Serves on, participates in and attends various committees and meetings of the facility to enhance interdisciplinary process.
- Participates/supports activities of facility committees.
- Other duties as assigned or directed by nurse.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- May be subjected to interruptions throughout the workday.
- Exposure to blood, body tissue or fluids.
- Exposure to hazardous waste materials, dust and loud or unpleasant noises.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to meet these demands:
- Ability to endure prolonged walking, sitting, standing, use of pulling, bending, and stooping movements.
- Ability to adapt to changes in daily work hours and schedule.
- Ability to lift/carry a minimum of fifty (50) pounds.
- Ability to push/pull more than fifty (50) pounds.
- Ability to perform tasks which require arm-hand steadiness.
- Ability to walk and stand for prolonged periods of time through duration of shift(s).
- Ability to squat, climb stairs, reach above shoulders, twist, bend and kneel repeatedly through duration of shift(s).
- Ability to see and interpret colors as in reading warning lights.
- Ability to hear normal sounds within background noise.
- Ability to speak clearly and make self understood.
- Ability to keep attention on task if routinely interrupted.
- Ability to understand a variety of concepts/approaches.
- Ability to remember tasks/assignments for a full shift.
- Ability to work beyond regularly scheduled shift (overtime) when necessary.
Safe Work Performance Expectations
The safety of employees, residents and visitors is of paramount importance to Volunteers of America. Our work place safety program will be incorporated as the standard of practice for this organization. Compliance with these safe work expectations will be required of all employees as a condition of employment. Our organization focus will hold all employees accountable for safety performance equal with quality and production expectations.
Employees will be expected to:
- Follow correct policy and procedures for department and facility Fire/Disaster/Missing Person Plan. Know the location of fire alarms and extinguishers.
- Follow correct policy and procedure for hand washing.
- Follow guidelines for proper method of lifting.
- All doorways, hallways and areas are to be kept clear.
- Know the location and purpose of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
- Follow guidelines for department environment and safety measures.
- Follow guidelines for safe handling, inspection, maintenance and storage of equipment. Report any malfunction of equipment.
- Follow guidelines for safe handling and storage of chemicals and supplies.
- Follow correct policy and procedure for reporting of incidents.