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Nursing Assistant - CNA - 8 Hr - OR - SURGERY

Harlingen Medical Center Harlingen Full-Time
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The CNA in the OR Department is an unlicensed assistive person who assists with activities of daily living, provides basic nursing care to non-critical patients and assists in maintenance of a safe environment under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge of the team and/or unit.


Demonstrates competence in assisting in the care of patients with complex conditions, multiple tubes and/or equipment.Demonstrates knowledge of the provision of the highest quality of care and service excellence.Demonstrates working knowledge of regulatory requirements related to clinical pathways, quality indicators, clinical outcomes, and enhancing the patient experience.Maintains a safe environment for patient care related to equipment, bed rails and mental status.Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of treatment and procedures in patient care; Considers the special needs and behaviors of specific patient age groupsDemonstrates ability to follow oral and written instructions and complete standard forms.Recognizes, evaluates and responds appropriately to operational emergencies or unusual situations.Demonstrates working knowledge of Med/Surg department standards and Hospital Policies and Procedures.Possesses and displays interpersonal skills necessary to exchange information and maintain courteous relationships with patients, physicians, visitors, volunteers and Hospital employees.Demonstrates knowledge of the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG).


Performs various duties necessary to provide complete care within established standards, policies, procedures, and scope of the position.Performs and records routine technical tasks such as vital signs, collection of specimens, intake/output, and mass.Assists the licensed nurse with hourly rounds on assigned patients, as appropriate, to reinforce the 4P's (Pain, Potty, Positioning, Possessions); Demonstrates working knowledge of the fall prevention program.Assists with providing comprehensive nursing care including but not limited to: positioning of patients, ambulation of patients, dietary needs, activities of daily living, e.g., feeding of patients, AM and PM care, admission, discharge and transfer of patients, care of patient belongings, and other patient care duties within scope of position.Ensures each patient/family is provided a thorough orientation to the room, bed and call light system, the routines within the patient care unit, e.g., the times of meal service, visitor hours, physician/nurse rounds, etc., and how to access the Supervising RN or Charge Nurse if needed.Reports all unusual incidents to the appropriate person. Reports significant changes in patient’s condition to supervising Registered Nurse and/or Charge Nurse.Assists with patient teaching within the scope of knowledge as directed by the licensed nurse.Demonstrates the ability to accurately determine patient’s vital signs. Charts appropriate data within the scope of the position.Utilizes hospital equipment and supplies appropriately.Uses two patient identifiers consistently when performing or assisting with any procedure on a patient.Ensures consistently that all clinical alarms are not turned off or silenced without the knowledge of the RN.Is in compliance with information contained within the Infection Control Manual (i.e. OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards, CDC Guidelines) and demonstrates appropriate use of personal protective equipment (i.e., gloves, masks, goggles) and hand hygiene techniques.Avoids and prevents injury to self and patients by applying the principle of body mechanics. Maintains a safe environment, functioning with an awareness and application of safety issues identified within the unit / facility. Is proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issuesCommunicates information related to nursing care of patients to other health care team members assigned to the patient's care, including noted changes.Explains all treatment and procedures thoroughly to patient before they are performed. Involves patient in care and allows patient to have choice and control over situations and environment, as appropriate to condition and situation.Attends and maintains mandatory training in safe patient handling, trained in safe lifting techniques, includes but not limited to 1) Appropriate use of lifting devices and equipment, 2) Five areas of body exposure: vertical, lateral, bariatric repositioning and ambulation 3) Use of lifting devices to handle patients safely.Reinforces selected patient teaching initiated by Registered Nurse. Provides emotional support to patient and families.Assists in maintaining patient and unit area in a clean and orderly manner.Utilizes the National Patient Safety Goals in the work place as related to job performance. Demonstrates awareness of a safe environment for staff, patients, visitors, or any others on the unit.Performs all other duties as assigned or requested.


  • Current Certified Nursing Assistant certificate upon hire, required.

  • Current BLS (AHA) upon hire and maintain current.

  • Possesses knowledge of Medical Terminology.

  • Minimum six months previous experience in an acute care hospital or physician’s office preferred.  

    • Facility Specific Requirements (facility may require items listed below):


  • Current Behavioral Violence Prevention (BVP) certificate within 6 months of hire and maintain current per facility requirement.



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