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Certified Nursing Assistant-CNA-Intermediate Care Unit

Overview

Certified Nursing Assistant, Intermediate Care Unit

Full-Time, 72 hours per pay period, Day Shift

The Cardiac Specialty Unit (aka: Intermediate Care Unit) consists of 33 telemetry beds. This unit treats patients presenting chest pain or unstable angina, as well as those recovering from placement of cardiac stents, permanent pacemakers, or AICDs. The top three admitting diagnoses are coronary atherosclerosis, chest pain, and intermediate coronary syndrome.We have long termstaff members because of our culture and teamwork on our floor. The physicians see this as well and trust thejudgment of our team.We have modified self-scheduling with a requirement of every other weekend and every otherholiday. 3 days per week, 12-hour shifts.

Position Summary:Functions as a direct patient caregiver performing tasks to assist registered nurses. Performs hands-on care, assistance with ADL’s and specified technical tasks for a group of patients under the supervision of the Team Leader.

Responsibilities

+ Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights, and intake-output measurements.

+ Encourage patients to turn, cough, and take deep breaths and to use incentive spirometry as specified by Plan of Care.

+ Ambulate, and assist patients in and out of bed, into wheelchairs and transport when necessary.

+ Attends to nutritional needs of patient which may include distributing meal trays, feeding, filling and passing out water pitchers,

+ Provides morning or evening care, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other supportive care as needed.

+ Empty drains, canisters, urine bags, bedpans and emesis basins and record intake and output.

+ Assists in maintaining a safe environment, which may include reporting equipment that is out of order, appropriate handling of linen and storing of supplies.

+ Provides general care such as positioning, lifting or turning patients; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; preoperative supportive care; and application/removal of abdominal binders or anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices.

+ Empty & clean ostomy bag, per procedure.

+ Collect urine, stool and sputum specimen as ordered.

+ Perform tasks such as ROM, assist with ambulatory devices as specified by the patients' plan of care.

+ Perform phlebotomy (requires additional training). To include correct labeling using two patient identifiers, maintenance of lab-draw supplies, rotating and restocking.

+ Perform EKG (requires special training).

+ Promptly answer patient call lights and respond to patient requests.

+ Report significant changes in patients' condition to RN.

+ Help to maintain clean and orderly patient and work environment.

+ Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission-based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanics in performance of job.

+ Document/maintain patient record as appropriate.

+ Gathers equipment for O2 set up. Checks O2 for connection and proper placement.

+ Checks for proper functioning of equipment at patient bedside

+ Ambulate patients with oxygen.

+ Set up suction equipment and check for proper function.

+ Demonstrates knowledge and competency in providing for age-specific needs of the population served.

+ Demonstrates ability to perform skills on the Nursing Assistant checklist.

+ Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.

+ Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Minimum Education: None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.

Minimum Experience: Hospital experience preferred. Medical terminology a plus. Must be able to operate computer and possess excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to read with comprehension, write legibly, and perform basic arithmetic computation. Must have understanding and knowledge of patient care which may be appropriately delegated to nursing assistants.

Licensure Requirement: Must have and maintain Tennessee State CNA certification. CPR required.

ID3106031

FacilityParkwest Medical Center

Department NameINTERMEDIATE CARE UN