Certified Nursing Assistant – Wrangell Medical Center
SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation.
The Certified Nursing Assistant assists in the delivery of primary health care and patient care management.
- Promotes the SEARHC Seven Standards of Excellence. Obtains nursing data through interviewing and observing patients under a RN’s direction and review; documents observation findings that are consistent with other providers under a RN’s supervision; provides general nursing care for the pediatric, adult, and geriatric population, which may include but not limited to: bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patients, application of appliances for heat and cold; pre-operative and post-operative care; application of anti-embolism stockings or SCD’s; monitors and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and intake-output measurements; collects and transports specimens to correct departments; able to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings as identified in the patient care plan or data collection tools and reports abnormal findings to the RN and records findings as appropriate; reports (and when appropriate, records) any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients and unusual incidents. Assist the RN with medical transcription of physician’s orders and order entry; this requires an understanding of medical terminology, computer entry, and basic use of a fax machine and scanner. Trained and performs other tasks as specific to unit specialty: (i.e. EKG’s and telemetry monitoring of patients both in unit and remote; responsible for giving telemetry report to RN with patient on remote telemetry under the RN’s review and signature.)
- Provides bed side care, which may include: positioning patients, lifting and turning patients, assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; answers patient call lights; makes rounds to assigned patients; ambulates patients, transporting to and from various departments as required; assist patients with meals or feeds patients; aids in handling and the care of patients' belongings (including dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.) throughout their stay; changing bed linen; cleaning over bed table and bedside stand, straightening room and other general care as needed. Assist RN with readying a patient for medivac transport from the department, which may include but not limited to: making phone calls, copying papers and chart, and providing direct patient care. Provide 1:1 care/sitting for patients when indicated for patient safety.
- Maintains a safe and clean environment by: preparing nursing areas and/or patient rooms and beds for receiving patient admissions, returning surgical patients, transfers, emergencies or discharges; assists in cleaning Utility Rooms, cleaning equipment and preparing for disinfection or sterilization; reports equipment that is out of order, reporting other problems to nurse manager or charge nurse; appropriately handles clean and dirty linen and stores supplies on the service area and other duties as assigned. Perform supply duties on a daily basis-- distributing and ordering supplies to maintain adequate stock levels in assigned units. Floats as needed to other departments in the hospital under nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff RN’s discretion.
- Dispose of all solid waste and infectious waste according to hospitals policies and procedures. Replenish supplies in patient rooms and bathrooms as needed. Perform other duties as assigned by nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff nurse in a responsible, respectful, caring manner to promote the most effective nursing staff relationships. Other duties as assigned.
- Participates in in-services and educational programs in the department, hospital, and/or community as assigned; completes all mandatory training; completes annual competencies, evaluation material, maintains certifications and licensure; participates in patient care conferences with nurse agreement as applicable; attends and participates in at least 50% of staff meetings.
- High school diploma or equivalent
- 1 year prior experience as a CNA preferred
Certificates and License
- Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from an accredited program
- Current full, unrestricted CNA license in the state of Alaska
- Current BLS-must be obtained within 3 months of hire and prior to completion of clinical orientation; biannually thereafter
- Must take and pass courses as specific to unit needs (i.e. telemetry course with 80% or better within 3 months, plus have 80 hours supervised RN clinical monitoring of telemetry; POC/waived testing, etc.)
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Must be able to follow instructions and demonstrate relevant scope of practice when caring for patients by maintaining a safe environment with appropriate infection controls measures.
- Demonstrates the knowledge of correct equipment use.
- Demonstrates knowledge between normal and abnormal patient findings as identified on the plan of care with a nurse’s agreement.
- Oral and written communication skills, can transcribe and retrieve telemetry and other nursing data accurately, and can verbally communicate findings with healthcare team.
- Competently maintains a clean work environment with proper infection control measure including equipment cleaning.
- Provides general nursing care with minimal direction under the supervision of a RN.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others by establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with patients, visitors, and other healthcare team members.
- Assures confidentiality of patient information at all times.
- Uses aggressive patient management techniques to defuse any patient/visitor/peer volatile situations.
At SEARHC, we see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement. Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career.
We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.
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