Job Title: Nursing Assistant
Hours of Work
7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; or 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and other hours as volunteered or required, with two 15-minute rest periods and one half-hour unpaid meal period per shift.
Purpose of Your Job Position
The primary purpose of your job position is to provide your assigned residents with daily nursing care in accordance with our established nursing care procedures, and as may be directed by your supervisors/charge nurse.
Responsible to: Charge nurse, Nursing Supervisors, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing
Employees Supervised: None.
Essential Functions of the Job
Personal Care of Residents
- Bathe the residents and assist them in obtaining whirlpool baths, showers, litter baths or full bed bath, ensuring the privacy of the resident.
- Clean, prepare and apply personal items for residents as necessary (glasses, dentures, hearing aids, etc.).
- Perform and assist with oral care and special skin care as needed.
- Dress and re-dress residents as necessary.
- Assist with and help as necessary the residents to stand, lift to assist them out of bed, and/or utilize the electronic lift, which requires two employees to move residents in and or out of bed or chair.
- Assist and guide residents in toileting needs.
- Make residents' beds, adjust the residents' chairs and assist them to and from their chairs as needed.
- Serve and set up residents' trays for meals and give nourishments; feed as necessary; follow hydration program.
- Perform personal care tasks such as weighing residents, washing residents' hair, nail care, and shaving the residents.
- Ambulate residents as needed or directed.
- Turn and position bedridden residents as directed.
- Assist the dependent resident to reposition, as directed, when seated in a chair.
- Check residents' vital signs as requested.
- Perform simple non sterile treatments as needed.
- Read mail to the residents as requested.
- Answer residents' call bells in a timely manner, meet their needs as indicated.
- Provide rest periods for residents and promote sleep as appropriate to residents' needs.
- Perform rehabilitative nursing techniques as directed.
- Apply and/or use adaptive equipment for special needs of the resident as appropriate.
- Perform post mortem care.
- Change catheter bags and colostomy bags; and empty as needed.
- Prepare linen carts and resident care materials. Empty the soiled linen and briefs carts as directed.
- Sort residents' personal linen and put away; straighten linen closets as needed; arrange residents' rooms as needed.
- Clean portable chairs as needed including toilet chairs.
- Collect clothes hangers and store for pickup.
- Clean cupboards, refrigerators, drawers and designated equipment as scheduled.
- Perform errands as necessary such as: going to Central Supply for needed items, obtaining a litter from the morgue, or obtaining nourishments from the warehouse or kitchen.
- Transport residents to activities and appointments as needed.
- Attend residents on outside medical appointments as needed.
- Deliver ice water, juice, etc. to the residents; collect water pitchers and cups as scheduled for sanitation.
- Mop up floor if needed due to incontinence or spills.
- Document all care for residents' records as directed.
- Attend report for assigned shift.
- Polish residents' shoes as needed or directed.
- Attend annual or special inservice programs as requested to meet state requirements.
- Utilize information given to meet needs of residents with special conditions such as diabetes, stroke, comatose state, terminal illness, dementia etc.
- Observe personnel policies.
- Perform other duties as required.
Safety and Sanitation
Comply with Department and Cedar Haven fire prevention, infection control standards and safety standards, including the reporting of equipment malfunctions.
Observe residents’ rights and the principles of geriatric care
at all times.
Non-Essential Functions of the Job
Cedar Haven HealthCare Center reserves the right to add or change the duties of this classification at any time.
- Works throughout the nursing service area (i.e., shower rooms, nurses' stations, resident rooms, unit kitchen etc.).
- Sits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during working hours.
- Is subject to frequent interruptions.
- Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
- Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel.
- Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.
- Maybe subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day.
- Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.
Must possess, as a minimum, a high school diploma or its equivalent preferred.
Knowledge of personal care practices (bathing or feeding others, etc.) desirable but not necessary.
- Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
- Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.
- Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with professional and non‑professional personnel.
- Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.
- Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.
- Must be able to relate and understand information concerning a resident's condition and keep such information confidential.
- Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.
- Graduation from high school or a GED certificate preferred.
Physical and Sensory Requirements
(With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)
- Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.
- Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.
- Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.
- Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.
- Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.
- Must be in good general health.
- Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.
- Must be able to lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of forty (40) pounds.
- Must be able to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.
- Responsible to: Charge Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing, Director of Nursing and Administrator.
Machines, Equipment and Products Used
Electronic lifts, scales and whirlpool (including hydraulic lift). A variety of detergents, cleaners and chemical solutions as needed, bath litter, transfer board, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, non mercury thermometer, tympanic thermometer.
I have read this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth therein. I hereby accept the position of Nursing Assistant and agree to abide by the requirements set forth and will perform all duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability.
Department Head Date
Director of Human Resources Date
AFSCME Representative Date
I have reviewed this job description and understand what is expected of me.