Functions of the Job
The Certified Nursing Assistant is responsible for assisting the professional staff by performing various resident care activities and related services necessary in caring for the personal needs and comfort of the residents. The Certified Nursing Assistant is the essential link between the resident and the Licensed Nursing staff because of their constant direct interaction.
Education and Experience
- Current Wisconsin State Certified Nursing Assistant License
- Current CPR Certification – Will provide in house certification.
- Minimum of five years long term care experience preferred, but not required.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides patients personal hygiene by giving baths and showers, brushing teeth, combing hair, cleaning glasses, assisting with bathroom needs, and giving shaves.
- Provides for activities of daily living by assisting with serving meals, feeding residents as necessary; ambulating, turning, repositioning, and providing fresh water and nourishment between meals.
- Provides patient comfort by utilizing resources and materials, answering resident call lights and requests, reporting observations of the resident to nursing supervisor, and answering alarmed residents in a timely fashion.
- Documents resident’s cares and other actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and records in electronic charting systems or paper as needed.
- Appropriately and accurately records intakes and outputs of residents.
- Follows resident care plans appropriately and uses all assistive devices as written in the care plan for the resident.
- Follows resident restorative programs and complete all daily restorative tasks for each resident.
- Adheres to lift equipment policies and uses lift equipment appropriately.
- Reports need for changes in resident care plans to supervising nurse.
- Utilizes proper lifting and body mechanics to prevent injury to self or others during resident transfers.
- Maintains resident stability by checking vital signs and weight, provides this information to nurse on duty or when otherwise directed.
- Provides resident directed services that honor individual lifestyles and preferences.
- Promotes that Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center is home for the resident.
- Creates and maintains an atmosphere of personal interest and a positive emphasis on a calm environment throughout the facility.
- Participates in creating an environment on the wing where the residents have ongoing opportunities to participate in individualized and purposeful activities, resembling their previous home environment, lifestyle, and customary daily routine.
- Maintains work operations by following policies and procedures.
- Responds promptly to change in workload, adjusting assignments to achieve optimal productivity and efficiency.
- Takes direction and honors charge nurses requests while working on the floor.
- Protects residents in keeping patient information confidential and understands Residents Rights.
- Provides and receives report on resident’s status, behaviors, and change in condition to other CNAs at shift change and as needed.
- Serves and protects the resident community by adhering to professional standards and facility policies and procedures.
- Maintains harmonious relationship with co-workers, providing support and assistance to co-workers to ensure quality resident care.
- Identifies when help is required in providing resident care and seeks it appropriately, recognizing limits of self and resident.
- Acts with integrity and in the best interest of the facility.
- Maintains resident rooms in a neat orderly and clutter free fashion.
- Identifies instances of non-compliance and takes appropriate action.
- Understands the chain of command when reporting workplace concerns.
- Actively participates in monthly CNA meetings, and other meetings as required.
- Follows established safety and infection control policies and procedures.
- Participates in procedures for reporting hazardous conditions or equipment.
- Ensures that all resident care equipment is used and operated in a safe manner.
- Reports all malfunctioning equipment/safety hazards immediately to maintenance.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Regular, dependable, and reliable attendance.
- Ability to assume and carry out responsibilities within established guidelines and with limited or no supervision.
- Working knowledge of basic nursing care procedures used to provide physical and social care to residents.
- Working knowledge of safe work practices, including fire safety. First aid, blood borne pathogens, etc.
- Ability to respond appropriately to a resident’s physical and emotional needs and condition in varied settings and situations.
- Ability to read and write, understands verbal communications well.
- Ability to demonstrate attitude of cooperation and professionalism.
- Ability to organize work to complete assignments within the required time frame.
- Ability to recognize and report changes in resident conditions and has knowledge of complications.
- Ability to ask appropriate questions to clarify a directive.
- Ability to verbally express idea and views effectively.
- Ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds and the ability to safely lift and support a resident.
- Ability to provide appropriate and caring physical care to residents.
- Ability to use appropriate body mechanics in performing job duties.
- Ability to function as a member of a work team.
- Ability to attend required in-service and staff meeting on a regular basis.
- Sit and stand up for up to three hours.
- Walk three to four hours. Also, walk rapidly.
- Frequent lifting up to 10 pounds.
- Occasional lifting of 35 pounds.
- Use Hoyer and Sit to Stand lift to assist with lifting and transferring residents
- Assist with transfer to wheelchair and pushing a wheelchair
- Push/pull with up to fifty pounds of force
- Occasionally bending and twisting at the waist
- Occasionally reaching above or below shoulder heights. e.g, charts or supplies on upper shelves and lower drawers.
- Exposure to blood borne pathogens: Level 1
- Works through the nursing service area in a climate controlled environment.
- Subject to frequent interruptions.
- Subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.
- Works beyond normal working hours and on weekends when necessary.
- Must attend and participate in in-house education programs
- Subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the workday.
Job Description Changes
Every effort has been made to make this job description as complete as possible. However, this job description may be changed without notice when in the best interest of Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center. When changes are necessary, a written addendum will be added to this job description.
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