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The Nurse Attendant has the unique responsibility of directly enhancing patient experience and transforming care each and every day. In this role, you will be a key member of the nursing care team, assisting patients with activities of daily living. You will also perform basic nursing care functions and provide assistance in the maintenance of a safe and clean environment.
Functions as a co-worker to the nurse and a key member of the nursing care team:
Organizes patient care assignment and sets priorities
Alerts RN co-worker to changes in patient status, i.e. alteration in comfort, skin integrity, alterations in breathing pattern, etc.
Documents patient care and patient status changes on the appropriate chart forms
Communicates routine information to RN periodically during shift i.e., intake and output
Assists RN in providing for ADL needs of patients:
Prepares patients for meals, and feeds or assists with meals
Provides between meal nourishment and fresh water to patients
Bathes or assists patient to bathe, provides oral hygiene
Toilets patients as necessary
Maintains patient's mobility with range of motion exercises and ambulation
Grooms patient, including shaving, as needed
Participates with the RN in the development of a plan of care for assigned patient
Utilizes a plan of care in carrying out patient assignments
Maintains patient care units in a neat and orderly condition:
Changes and makes beds
Cleans and straightens bedside table and over-bed tables, as needed
Strips patient units upon discharge of patient, in preparation for cleaning by Housekeeping Department
Removes equipment from room, cleans and place it in appropriate area
Prepares room for new admissions, transfers and post-operative patients
Assists Registered Nurse by performing selected procedures and simple treatments:
Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and B.P. upon admission and as assigned.
Measures and records fluid intake and output; totals at shift end
Obtains specimens, such as urine, stool and sputum
Administers enemas, as directed
Weighs and records patient weight on admission and as indicated
Shaves patients as instructed in preparation for procedures
Performs simple procedures utilizing aseptic technique (i.e. applying and changing simple dressings).
Performs simple respiratory treatments, as required (i.e. suctioning).
Performs a variety of related duties:
Assists patients in and out of bed, ambulates patients, lifts, turns and positions patients
Assists with serving of meals; positions patient, cleans over-bed table, and helps distribute and collect trays
Transports and accompanies patients to various departments, as directed
Reports missing or damaged equipment to Unit Service Coordinator
Ensures that non-patient rooms (i.e. utility rooms, linen rooms, kitchens, etc.) are in a neat and orderly condition
Maintains cleanliness of patient care equipment
Performs constant observation on selected patients as assigned
Follows medical Center's policies and procedures to support QA/QI efforts in patient care and services
Performs post-mortem care and transports body to morgue
Takes part in Nursling's continuing education policy by:
Attending nursing attendant course during orientation program
Participating and completing annual mandatory educational requirements
Attending nursing attendant staff development programs offered throughout the year
High School Diploma or equivalent, required.
Completion of Nurse Assistant course or equivalent, required OR
Prior experience as a Nursing Attendant or equivalent, required.
NYS Nurse Attendant certification, preferred.
Ability to communicate effectively, and follow written and/or oral instructions.
Ability to work in diversified settings.
Ability to lift, turn, position, etc. Patients, as required.