A State Registered Nurse Aide provides nonprofessional nursing care to residents under the direction of the charge nurse on duty. Provides quality care to the residents in an environment that protects and promotes their rights, dignity, freedom of choice, and individuality. Remains alert and attentive to the residents at all times and seeks the guidance of immediate supervisor on advanced tasks or issues.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.
1. Provides quality nursing care to residents in an environment that promotes their rights, dignity, freedom of choice and individuality as illustrated by the following:
- Provides individualized attention, which encourages each resident’s ability to maintain or attain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being.
- Is knowledgeable of the individualized care plan for residents, and provides support to the residents according to their care plan. Contributes to the care planning process by providing the charge nurse or other care planning staff with specific information and observations of the resident’s needs and preferences.
- Attends to the individual needs of residents, which may include assistance with grooming, bathing, oral hygiene, feeding incontinent care, toileting, colostomy care, prosthetic appliances, transferring, ambulation, range of motion, communicating or other needs in keeping with the individuals’ care requirements.
- Maintains the comfort, privacy, and dignity of residents in the delivery of services to them. Interacts with residents in a manner that displays warmth and promotes a caring environment.
- Fully understands all aspects of residents’ rights, including the right to be free of restraints and free of abuse. Is responsible for promptly reporting to the charge nurse or administrative staff incidents or evidence of resident abuse or violation of residents’ rights.
- Assist in maintaining a safe, neat and clean environment; reports environmental deficiencies to the charge nurse such as lighting or equipment problems.
- Protects the personal belongings of each resident, including eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, furnishings, jewelry, clothing and memorabilia. Promptly reports missing items according to established policy and participates in efforts to locate missing items.
- Observes residents for changes in condition or behavior and promptly reports these changes to appropriate licensed nursing personnel.
- Provides care that maintains each resident’s skin integrity to prevent pressure ulcers, skin tears and other damage by changing incontinent residents, turning, repositioning immobile residents and by applying moisturizers to fragile skin and other areas.
- Answers residents’ call bells promptly and courteously.
- Performs various tasks assigned by the charge nurse, including checking vital signs, weighing residents, applying creams/ointments and collecting specimens.
- Assists with orienting residents and their families to the nursing home on admission and to the unit when transfers occur.
- Lifts, moves and transports residents, using proper body mechanics or lifting devices for accident prevention.
- Communicates and interacts effectively and tactfully with the residents, visitors, families, peers and supervisors.
- Assist and escorts residents for appointments such as the beauty shop or attending activities or church services. Participates in activities and functions as directed.
- Practices careful and efficient use of supplies and linen and follows established charge procedures for resident charge items.
- Completes certified nursing assistant records documenting care provided or other information in keeping with department policies.
- Performs all job responsibilities in accordance with prescribed safety and infection control procedures, including thorough hand washing, use of disposable gloves where indicated and proper disposal of soiled materials.
- Walks extensively to and from various locations of the unit while making rounds and transports residents within the facility.
- Promotes a homelike environment for residents.
2. Responds to inquiries relating to his or her particular areas or to requests from residents, visitors, and other personnel within given time frames and established policy.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Personal Effectiveness/Credibility
- Stress Management /Composure.
- Teamwork Orientation.
- Technical Capacity.
- Ethical Conduct.
- Customer/Client Focus.
Required Education and/or Experience
- High school diploma or general education diploma (GED)
Required license or certification:
- CNA Certification with Kentucky Board of Nursing
(We are willing to train, but must be able to obtain license within four (4) months of hire)
- 1 or more years’ experience in a long-term health care setting
Physical Demands and Abilities
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending, turning and stretching. Finger and hand dexterity required. Visual and hearing acuity essential.
- Must frequently lift or move residents and objects weighing over 50 pounds.
- Is subject to falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc. throughout the shift.
- Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc.
- Must be able to assist with the evacuation of residents.
- Must be able to relate to and work with ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset and at times hostile people within the facility.
- Frequently works in a well-lit or dimly-lit, tempered room.
- May be required to attend activities outside the facility to stay abreast of new developments, best practices, and statutory and regulatory changes.
- May be required to work holidays
- Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.
- Pursuant to the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees must remain drug free and alcohol free when reporting to work, while at work and while engaged in any work related activities.
- Comply with all Healthcare Act rules and regulations and any related laws and regulations.
Note: This document and the statements contained within it are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.
This facility is an Equal Opportunity Employer