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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Lifestream Behavioral Center

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Lifestream Behavioral Center Leesburg, FL Full Time

JOB SUMMARY: The CNA position is integral to the efficient functioning of the Inpatient Units.  They will, by virtue of their role, have primary patient contact and, in that role, will have influence on patient treatment and progress.  As such, CNAs are professional staff members with responsibility for maintenance of a secure therapeutic milieu in cooperation with a variety of disciplines, most importantly the nursing staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and RESPONSIBILITIESThe list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification with or without an accommodation. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position. 

  • Learn and apply the daily routine and the principles of mental health nursing.
  • Help with the admission of consumers, including taking vital signs, bath and shampoo, if necessary, body check, checking for hazardous objects, listing valuables and personal possessions, and orienting the consumer to the unit. 
  • Assist in individual needs assessment, treatment plan formulation and implementation, if necessary, for your unit
  • Learn and apply to the daily routine, as soon as possible, the principles of mental health nursing. 
  • Observe all consumers closely, at all times, never leaving consumers unattended. 
  • Report all pertinent observations, changes in physical signs or symptoms, changes in emotional behavior and consumer’s eating habits to the Charge/Unit Nurse.
  •  Observe and report consumer’s reactions to visitors or telephone calls. 
  • Report feelings and ideas expressed verbally by consumers. 
  • Encourage consumers to interact with other consumers and staff, and to participate in the social life of the unit, including recreational and occupational therapy. 
  • Assist in the organization and execution of consumer group/recreational activities. 
  • Take vital signs routinely, and as indicated by the Charge/Unit Nurse, and report any significant changes or elevations. 
  • Encourage consumers to respect the rules and regulations of the unit and give physical and emotional support as it is needed. 
  • Encourage consumers to meet their own physical needs such as showering, shaving, oral hygiene, grooming care of hair and manner of dress.  
  • Encourage maintenance of cleanliness and neatness in all living and recreational areas, and make sure all consumer areas are clean, neat and uncluttered at the end of each shift. 
  • Carry out assigned duties in caring for consumers who require more than routine observation and care. 
  • Make checks at least every 15 minutes on consumers confined to bed or in seclusion or restraints. 
  • Assist in the management of impulsive, violent or uncooperative consumers. 
  • Check any unusual sounds, report suspicious behavior of consumers or visitors, report difficulties with visitors, check consumer’s rooms for hidden hazardous objects or medications, and search and record items brought into consumers. 
  • Assist Unit Secretary and nursing personnel with discharge procedures, such as getting consumer ready, gathering consumers’ belongings and stripping consumer’s beds. 
  • Escort consumers to areas outside the unit, as necessary. 
  • Never leave the unit without permission of the Charge/Unit Nurse, and then only if the Charge/Unit Nurse is not alone, there must be two personnel on the unit at all times. (Hospital only)
  • Conduct waitlist for potential consumers, entering medication into TIER and on MARS sheet as prescribed by Physician or as changes occur (Access Center only)
  • Administering U/A’s (Access Center only)
  • If required, ensure proper documentation is completed in TIER system
  • Monitor the self-administration of medication for assigned programs
  • Monitor consumers for undesirable side-effects to medication and informs supervisor when necessary
  • Monitor supply needs and notify staff when supplies are low, put away supplies when they arrive 
  • Run errands and do other jobs as requested by leadership.
  • Participate consistently in all in-service training programs.
  • Ability to successfully complete initial and annual Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM) physical restraint training and verbal de-escalation training.
  • The ability to comply with the regulations requiring a workplace of dignity and respect and equal employment opportunity compliance.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with others and to accept constructive criticism from supervisors and managers.
  • Willingness to abide by the company’s published rules and regulations

COMPETENCIES: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Motivation (KSAM) required for an employee to be successful. 

  • Serving Our Consumers: Effectively meeting consumer needs, building productive consumer relationships, and taking responsibility for consumer satisfaction and loyalty. 
  • Consumer Focus: Building strong consumer relationships and delivering consumer-centric solutions. 
  • Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization. 
  • Effective Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas to individuals and groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message. 
  • Communicates Effectively: Developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • Manages Conflict: Handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise.
  • Continuous Improvement: The ongoing process of achieving positive changes in service and processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. 
  • Resourcefulness: Securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Cultivates Innovation: Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful. 
  • Expertise: Demonstrating proficiency of an employee's skill or knowledge within their field of practice. 
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: This position must be able to effectively work with psychiatrically impaired persons. Able to effectively communicate with medical personnel and have basic knowledge of psychiatric and physical problems.  Demonstrate ability to read, write and exercise good verbal skills.  Demonstrate skills that ensure safe patient care and have a clear understanding of client rights and crisis intervention skills.

JUDGMENT/DECISION MAKING: Utilizes established corporate policies and procedures in making decisions. Uses sound judgment in meeting the responsibilities and performing the duties of the position.  


  • Education:

o    High School Diploma or GED required

o    Valid CNA FL Certification required 

  • Experience:

o    Prior experience in a mental health setting is preferred but may be waived given demonstrated desire for professional development through continuing education participation. 

o    Desirable to have experience working with psychiatric or co-occurring consumers of all ages

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: Completes all requirements according to Individual Training Plan within the first six months of hire and annually.  Other training and/or professional development may be assigned due to evolution of programs. 

POSITION CONTENT: This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, Management reserves the right to modify, and/or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.

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