JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs assigned patient care and observation duties under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Provides clerical services in support of patient and unit operations including visitor and telephone reception. Relays communications, maintains departmental supplies and transcribes physician orders. Maintains patient's charts and records data. Maintains a clean and healthy environment. Performs other related duties as required. Greets visitors, answers and screens incoming telephone calls; provides information or takes messages and distributes them to appropriate employee to meet caller's needs. Receives and transcribes data related to physician's orders according to established guidelines. Maintains clerical and related unit supplies; places orders to replenish stock. Accepts, verifies, and stores supply deliveries upon receipt. Assists in the use of bag-valve-mask device, TED stockings, oxygen, suction equipment, incentive spirometer, and emergency cart. Operates converter chair, lifts, scales, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, non-invasive BP monitors, some components of Quicknet monitors, automatic thermometers, sphygmomanometer, computer and pulse oximeter. Promptly and courteously responds to patient requests via the patient intercom system. Relays appropriate information to appropriate staff for immediate attention. Reinforces patient and family teaching. Prepares room to receive patient; sets up necessary equipment and ensures neatness and cleanliness of room. Transports and collects patient specimens throughout hospital, and contributes to the completion of admission, discharge, transfer, and death procedures and forms. Performs vital signs and records information; reports observations and records significant and unusual information regarding patients to the Registered Nurse. Observes color, consistency, amount and odor from drainage tubs; records information and notifies Registered Nurse of findings. Participates in shift report. Makes the necessary arrangements for medical tests, supplies, equipment, treatment and special dietary needs. Assists Registered Nurse in providing patient care according to individual needs; observes IV site appearance, assists with range of motion, ambulation, patient transfers, diet, elimination, hygiene, performs pre-and postoperative procedural care, and assists with respiratory functions/procedures. Assists in emergency situations as directed by the Registered Nurse. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Enters data related to patient charges from physicians' orders. Maintains patient records; verifies that records are properly identified, documented and routed to the appropriate department or personnel. Maintains confidentiality of all records. Provides prescribed measures related to hygiene, comfort and rest. Complies with Universal Precaution guidelines and safety standards to maintain and promote a clean and healthy work environment. Participates in the orientation of staff to the unit and precepts new, temporary, and float nursing technicians to the unit. Promotes a supportive and healing environment so that customer and staff satisfaction are enhanced. Supports cost efficient/effective delivery of care. Participates in unit-based and hospital-wide Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: One year of experience which includes direct patient care, OR the successful completion of a nursing assistant training course, or currently enrolled in a RN program and completion of 2 clinical rotations, and clerical experience. Heartsaver certification required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking; Occasional sitting; Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing); Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks;
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure; Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors; Communicable diseases; Electrical shock; Floor Surfaces; Hot/Cold Temperatures; Indoor/Outdoor conditions; Latex; Lighting ; Patient care/handling injuries; Radiation ; Shift work; Travel may be required; Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators; environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks