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1. Has knowledge and understanding of daily assignments and unit activities.
1.1 Takes assignment from charge nurse.
1.2 Answers patients call lights in a timely manner to determine needs and responses appropriately by fulfilling needs within the scope of job description or reports to the nurse.
2. Performs routine tasks and simple treatments under the direction of a registered nurse and/or LPN.
2.1 Assists the nurse with the admission, transfer and discharge process.
a. Takes and documents vital signs and height and weight upon admission.
b. Orients patient and family to environment.
c. Assists with patient transfers/discharges, prepares patient, gathers patient belongings and arranges for transportation from room.
2.2 Takes and records temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure on all assigned patients at the beginning of each shift. Takes vital signs more frequently as assigned. Reports any significant findings to the nurse.
2.3 Applies and refills ice packs, refills K-pad units and humidifiers, measures for and applies TED hose.
2.4 Prepares and assists patients with Sitz Baths as ordered and documents on nurse aide record.
2.5 Collects following specimen's (random urine sample, midstream urine sample, 24 hour urine collection, double voided specimen, stool specimen, sputum and strain urine) labels them correctly and delivers them to the laboratory.
2.6 Turns and encourages deep breathing and coughing by postoperative patients every two hours. Encourages the use of incentive spirometry as needed.
2.7 Turns bedfast patient every 1 to 2 hours, aligns patients correctly in bed and assists with patients to chair or ambulates as ordered.
2.8 Accurately performs and records blood glucose screening results.
2.9 Applies appropriate restraint device as directed by RN.
2.10 Assists patient to sit on side of bed.
2.11 Applies transfer belt as appropriate.
2.12 Makes closed , open and occupied beds.
2.13 Transfers patient to chair, wheelchair or stretcher utilizing proper body mechanics.
2.14 Measures intake and output including emptying urinary drainage bag and documents appropriately.
2.15 Takes temperature utilizing appropriate equipment, i.e., rectal thermometer, electronic thermometer, tympanic thermometer or temporal thermometer.
2.16 Assists with postmortem care.
2.17 Utilizes appropriate equipment to prevent pressure, contractures and footdrop.
2.18 Applies K-thermia pad.
2.19 Applies ice bag, ice collar, disposable cold pack and cold compresses.
2.20 Sets up for oxygen administration.
2.21 Applies elastic stockings.
3. Provides personal hygiene and comfort measures to patients as directed and documents on aide record.
3.1 Provides complete/partial bath or showers.
3.2 Assists patient with and/or provides oral care including brushing, flossing or denture care for conscious and unconscious patients.
3.3 Provides fresh ice water at least once per shift.
3.4 Provides hair care, nail care to hands and feet and back rubs as needed and appropriate.
3.5 Documents hygiene and comfort measures on patient care record.
3.6 Assists with bedpan/urinal, bedside commode or to the bathroom as needed.
3.8 Performs catheter/perineal care or changes and cleans ostomy bags as needed.
3.9 Assists and/or shaves patient with blade or electric razor as directed by nurse.
3.10 Dresses patient who has or does not have an IV.
4. Assists in the maintenance of adequate nutrition and documents on patient aide record.
4.1 Gets patient ready for meals and serves meals.
4.3 Assists patient with meals and feeding if necessary.
4.4 Documents type of diet and percentage of food eaten on the patient aide record.
4.5 Correctly follows patients diets as ordered.
4.6 Assists nurses with transfer of patient to chair for meals unless contraindicated.
4.7 Secures nasogastric feeding tube to patients gown.
5. Communicates pertinent information to the responsible nurse.
5.1 Promptly reports all signs and symptoms indicating any changes in the patients condition to appropriate nurse immediately.
5.2 Reports to appropriate nurse any patient needs/responses to therapy (complaints of pain, response to surrounding, changes in alertness, unusual skin redness or tears, etc.).
5.3 Reports off to charge nurse before leaving assigned area.
6. Maintains a clean and safe environment for patient and self.
6.1 Emptying and properly bagging linen and trash and storing it according to hospital policy.
6.2 Cleaning bedside and over-bed tables and straightening/changing bed linen PRN.
6.3 Removing unnecessary equipment from room.
6.4 Cleaning and properly storing bedpans, urinals, and bedside commodes.
6.5 Uses proper hand washing techniques and uses standard precautions at all times.
6.6 Complies with isolation precautions.
6.7 Keeps side rails up, bed in low position, call light in patients reach and alerts patient and staff to fall risk.
6.8 Follows infection control measures related to donning and removing gloves, gown and mask.
6.9 Helps the falling patient.
7. Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific needs of the patient population on his/her assigned unit/department.
7.1 Demonstrates knowledge of the changes associated with patients across the life-span.
7.2 Demonstrates ability to provide care based upon physical, psychosocial, cultural, safety and other age related factors.
7.3 Demonstrates the ability to obtain and interpret information in terms of the client.
8. Promotes professional and organizational development by completing the following:
8.1 Attends mandatory inservices.
8.2 Accountable for staff meeting information by attendance at 50% of meetings or through documentation that minutes have been read.
8.3 Maintains current CPR certification.
9. May occasionally be required to function in role of unit secretary with responsibilities as follows:
9.1 Receives incoming calls and communicates information to appropriate personnel and/or department.
9.2 Delivers reports and items as received from other departments within 15 minutes of receipts.
9.3 Has working knowledge and is a resource for staff personnel for use of computer system especially in Order Entry and Office Automation.
9.4 Enters STAT/now orders in computer and notifies charge nurse/licensed staff within 5 minutes of request.
9.5 Receives equipment and supplies delivered to the desk and alerts appropriate personnel of arrival.
9.6 Maintains the confidentiality of patients, staff, hospital information (written, verbal or electronic sources).
10. Maintains a demeanor that displays desire to accommodate needs and requests in all interactions with patients, processes requests and information in a pleasant and courteous manner assuring that quesitons are directed appropriately and family members are satisfied and needs met.
10.1 Greets families at the desk or receives calls from families inquiring about the status of patients.
10.2 Receives inquiries and requests from physician in a manner that conveys respect and desire to accommodate needs as much as possible.
Because you're committed to excellence, you understand the importance of being properly prepared for your role at Mercy. That's why you'll bring to your role the right set of qualifications:
Education: Must have a high school diploma or GED.
Certifications: BLS certification
Other: Must be familiar with procedures involved in patient care tasks.
Preferred Experience: One year medical-surgical experience preferred.
We'll Support You at Work and Home
Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, tuition reimbursement and employer-matched retirement funds to benefit-eligible co-workers, including those working 48 hours or more per pay period!
What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We're also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that's just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.
Mercy has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.
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