|A Nursing Assistant is accountable for basic resident care under the direction of nursing staff.
The general purpose of the Nursing Assistant position is to perform direct resident care duties under the supervision of licensed nursing personnel, while maintaining a positive physical and psychosocial environment for the residents.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assists residents with activities associated with daily living, including bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, changing bed linens, collecting specimens, applying dressings, walking and/or other exercise routines, and repositioning bedridden individuals, alone or with assistance.
• Assures physical comfort, mental well-being, and treats every resident with respect and dignity.
• Prepares residents for meals and snacks and assists with distributing food trays.
• Feeds residents based on need and disability using accepted standards of practice.
• Observes residents’ conditions by measuring and recording food and liquid intake and output and vital signs, and documents and reports changes to professional staff.
• Assists in the admission, transfer, and discharge of residents.
• Reviews residents’ care assignments and provides nursing care as stated in the resident plan of care under the direction of a licensed nurse.
• Maintains and promotes relationships with residents, visitors, other staff members, and government regulators by presenting a professional appearance and positive attitude.
• Understands, complies with, and promotes all rules regarding residents’ rights and confidentiality.
• Attends and participates in orientation, training efforts, educational activities, in-service functions, and staff meetings.
• Assists in resident recognition programs, as needed.
• Understands and follows safety and sanitation rules, practices safety in provision of services, and promptly reports any hazards or violations to a supervisor.
• Recognize your role as part of the QAPI efforts of your organization.
• Attend trainings to build understanding and capacity to undertake QAPI work.
• Carry out QAPI roles and responsibilities as assigned.
• Follow established policies and procedures in support of QAPI efforts.
• Look for and share with leadership ideas for improvement in the organization.
• Communicate to leadership upon witnessing a positive outcome of a QAPI project or detecting barriers preventing project success.
• Support QAPI efforts both verbally and non-verbally (i.e., via actions and attitude), including adjusting performance and practice in accordance with QAPI initiatives and findings.
• Performs additional functions or duties, as assigned by the supervisor.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Ability
• EDUCATION: High school diploma or GED.
• CERTIFICATION: Nursing Assistant certification is required after working 120 days. Additionally, a Nursing Assistant must be in good standing with the State.
• EXPERIENCE: Sufficient education in order to perform daily tasks with an understanding of the duties involved.