WMC CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT
SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.
Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it's a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
To provide basic nursing care in Acute Care/Long Term Care to non-acute and/or acutely ill patients/residents while maintaining a safe and clean environment.
Must have the ability to react in a calm functional manner and make sound judgments within scope of duties when taking care of ill patients/residents and in the event of emergencies. Job requires lifting of patients/residents who are non-ambulatory on a regular interval. Mentally requires a caring attitude in dealing with both acute and non-acute patients/residents and families on a steady basis. Job pace is rapid and there is constant pressure on the job to complete nursing assignments and answer patient call lights. Maintain accountability for all actions taken. Accept delegation from supervising LN. This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act.
- Promotes the SEARHC Seven Standards of Excellence. Obtains nursing data through interviewing and observing patients/residents under a LN's (Licensed Nurse) direction and review; documents observation findings that are consistent with other providers under a LN's supervision; provides general nursing care for the adult, and geriatric population, which may include but not limited to: bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patients, application of appliances for heat and cold; application of anti-embolism stockings or SCD's; monitors and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and intake-output measurements; collects and transports specimens to correct departments; able to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings as identified in the patient care plan or data collection tools and reports abnormal findings to the LN and records findings as appropriate; reports (and when appropriate, records) any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients/residents and unusual incidents. Performs other tasks and duties as specific to unit specialty.
- Provides bed side care, which may include: positioning patients/residents, lifting and turning patients/residents, assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; answers call lights; makes rounds to assigned patients/residents; ambulates patients/residents, transporting to and from various departments as required; assist patients/residents with meals or feeds patients/residents; aids in handling and the care of patients'/residents' belongings (including dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.) throughout their stay; changing bed linen; cleaning over bed table and bedside stand, straightening room and other general care as needed. Assist LN with readying a patient/resident for medivac transport from the department, which may include but not limited to: making phone calls, copying papers and chart, and providing direct patient care. Provide 1:1 care/sitting for patients/residents when indicated for patient/resident safety.
- Maintains a safe and clean environment by: preparing nursing areas and/or patient/resident rooms and beds for receiving patient/resident admissions, transfers, emergencies or discharges; assists in cleaning utility rooms, cleaning equipment and preparing for disinfection or sterilization; reports equipment that is out of order, reporting other problems to nurse manager or charge nurse; appropriately handles clean and dirty linen and stores supplies on the service area and other duties as assigned. Perform supply duties on a daily basis-- distributing and ordering supplies to maintain adequate stock levels in assigned units. Floats as needed to other departments in the hospital under nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff LN's discretion.
- Dispose of all solid waste and infectious waste according to organizational policies and procedures. Replenish supplies in patient/resident rooms and bathrooms as needed. Perform other duties as assigned by nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff nurse in a responsible, respectful, caring manner to promote the most effective nursing staff relationships. Other duties as assigned.
- Participates in in-services and educational programs in the department, hospital, and/or community as assigned; completes all mandatory training; completes annual competencies, evaluation material, maintains certifications and licensure; participates in patient/resident care conferences with nurse agreement as applicable; attends and participates in at least 75% of staff meetings.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- 1 year prior experience as a CNA preferred
Certificates and License
- Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from an accredited program
- Current full, unrestricted CNA license in the state of Alaska
- Current BLS-must be obtained within 3 months of hire and prior to completion of clinical orientation; biannually thereafter
- Must take and pass courses as specific to unit needs (i.e. POC/waived testing, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Must be able to follow instructions and demonstrate relevant scope of practice when caring for patients/residents by maintaining a safe environment with appropriate infection controls measures.
- Demonstrates the knowledge of correct equipment use.
- Demonstrates knowledge between normal and abnormal patient/resident findings as identified on the plan of care with a nurse's agreement.
- Oral and written communication skills, can transcribe and retrieve nursing data accurately, and can verbally communicate findings with healthcare team.
- Competently maintains a clean work environment with proper infection control measure including equipment cleaning.
- Provides general nursing care with minimal direction under the supervision of a LN.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others by establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, and other healthcare team members.
- Assures confidentiality of patient information at all times.
- Uses aggressive patient/resident management techniques to defuse any patient/visitor/peer volatile situations.