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AristaCare Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) in South Plainfield, New Jersey

Full-Time and Part-Time openings for 3-11/11-7 shift. Part-Time openings for 7-3/3-11 and 11-7 shifts.

Administrative Functions

  • Use the wristband or photo card file to identify residents before administering treatments, serving meals, etc., as necessary.

  • Record all entries on flow sheets, notes, charts, etc., in an informative and descriptive manner.

  • Use only authorized abbreviations established by this facility when recording information.

  • Report all changes in the resident's condition to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse as soon as practical.

  • Report all accidents and incidents you observe on the shift that they occur.

Admission, Transfer, and Discharge Functions

  • Ensure that the resident's room is ready for receiving the resident (i.e., bed made, name tags up, admission kit available, etc.).

  • Greet residents and escort them to their room.

  • Introduce resident to his/her roommate, if any, and other residents and personnel as appropriate.

  • Make resident comfortable (i.e., put to bed, get water, etc.).

  • Inventory and mark the resident's personal possessions as instructed.

  • Store resident's clothing.

  • Assist residents with packing their personal possessions when they are being transferred to a new room, or when being discharged.

  • Transport residents to new rooms or to the receiving area.

  • Assist with loading/unloading residents from vehicles as necessary.

Personnel Functions

  • Perform all assigned tasks in accordance with our established policies and procedures, and as instructed by your supervisors.

  • Follow work assignments, and/or work schedules in completing and performing your assigned tasks.

  • Cooperate with inter-departmental personnel, as well as other facility personnel to ensure that nursing services can be adequately maintained to meet the needs of the residents.

  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of warmth, personal interest and positive emphasis, as well as a calm environment throughout the unit and shift.

  • Meet with your shift's nursing personnel, on a regularly scheduled basis, to assist in identifying and correcting problem areas, and/or the improvement of services.

  • Report all complaints and grievances made by the resident.

  • Notify the facility when you will be late or absent from work.

  • Report occupational exposures to blood, body fluids, infectious materials, and hazardous chemicals to your supervisor.

Personal Nursing Care Functions

  • Participate in and receive the nursing report upon reporting for duty.

  • Follow established policies concerning exposure to blood/body fluids.

  • Assist residents with daily dental and mouth care (i.e., brushing teeth/dentures, oral hygiene, special mouth care, etc.).

  • Assist residents with bath functions (i.e., bed bath, tub or shower bath, etc.) as directed.

  • Give backrubs as instructed.

  • Assist residents with dressing/undressing as necessary.

  • Assist residents with hair care functions (i.e., combing, brushing, shampooing, etc.).

  • Assist residents with nail care (i.e., clipping, trimming, and cleaning the finger/toenails). (Note: Does not include diabetic residents.)

  • Shave male residents.

  • Keep hair on female resident?s clean shaven (i.e., facial hair, under arms, on legs, etc.) as instructed.

  • Keep residents dry (i.e., change gown, clothing, linen, etc., when it becomes wet or soiled).

  • Change bed linens. Keep linens tight to avoid wrinkles from forming under the resident.

  • Make beds (occupied and unoccupied).

  • Put extra covers on beds as requested.

  • Position bedfast residents in correct and comfortable position.

  • Assist resident with bowel and bladder functions (i.e., take to bathroom, offer bedpan/urinal, portable commode, etc.).

  • Maintain intake and output records as instructed.

  • Keep incontinent residents clean and dry.

  • Check and report bowel movements and character of stools as instructed.

  • Prepare and give enemas. Report results as instructed.

  • Collect specimens as instructed (i.e., urine, sputum, stools, etc.).

  • Assist residents in preparing for medical tests (i.e., lab work, x-ray, therapy, dental, etc.).

  • Assist residents in preparing for activity and social programs (i.e., church services, parties, visitors, etc.).

  • Assist in transporting residents to/from appointments, activity and social programs, etc., as necessary.

  • Assist with lifting, turning, moving, positioning, and transporting residents into and out of beds, chairs, bathtubs, wheelchairs, lifts, etc.

  • Assist residents to walk with or without self-help devices as instructed.

  • Perform restorative and rehabilitative procedures as instructed.

  • Change dressings, bandages, binders, etc., as instructed.

  • Provide eye and ear care (i.e., warm/cold compresses, eye/ear instillation, cleaning eyeglasses/hearing aides, etc.) as instructed.

  • Assist with the application of nonsterile (moist and dry) warm/cold compresses.

  • Assist in preparing the resident for a physical examination.

  • Weigh and measure residents as instructed.

  • Measure and record temperatures, pulse, and respirations (TPRs), as instructed.

  • Answer resident calls promptly.

  • Ensure that residents who are unable to call for help are checked frequently.

  • Check each resident routinely to ensure that his/her personal care needs are being met in accordance with his/her wishes.

  • Assist with the care of the dying resident.

  • Provide post-mortem care as instructed.

Special Nursing Care Functions

  • Observe and report the presence of pressure areas and skin breakdowns to prevent decubitus ulcers (bedsores).

  • Report injuries of an unknown source, including skin tears.

  • Provide daily indwelling catheter care.

  • Provide daily perineal care.

  • Perform nonsterile (clean) vaginal irrigation/douches.

  • Assist with the application of slings, elastic bandages, binders, etc.

  • Give tepid sponge baths.

  • Provide daily Range of Motion Exercises. Record data as instructed.

  • Turn bedfast residents at least every two (2) hours.

  • Perform diabetic urine testing (i.e., clinitest, acetest, etc.).

  • Provide physical and respiratory therapy as instructed.

  • Perform special treatments as instructed.

  • Observe disoriented and comatose residents. Record and report data as instructed.

  • Turn all medications found in the resident's room/possession over to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse.

  • Provide residents with Reality Orientation as instructed.

  • Watch for and report any change in room temperature, ventilation, lighting, etc.

Food Service Functions

  • Prepare residents for meals (i.e., take to bathroom, wash hands, comb hair, raise bed, position tables, place bibs, take to/from dining room, etc.).

  • Serve food trays. Assist with feeding as indicated (i.e., cutting foods, feeding, assist in dining room supervision, etc.).

  • Assist residents with identifying food arrangements (i.e., informing resident with sight problem of foods that are on his/her tray, where it is located, if it is hot/cold, etc.).

  • Record the resident's food/fluid intake. Report changes in the resident's eating habits.

  • Keep residents' water pitchers clean and filled with fresh water (on each shift), and within easy reach of the resident.

  • Serve between meal and bedtime snacks.

  • Perform after meal care (i.e., remove trays, clean resident's hands, face, clothing, take to bathroom, brush teeth, clean dentures, etc.).

  • Check rooms for food articles (i.e., food in proper container, unauthorized food items, etc.).

Staff Development

  • Attend and participate in scheduled training and educational classes to maintain current certification as a Nursing Assistant.

  • Attend and participate in scheduled orientation programs and activities.

  • Attend and participate in annual OSHA and CDC in-service training programs for hazard communication, TB management, and bloodborne pathogens standard.

  • Attend and participate in advance directive in-service training programs as scheduled.

Safety and Sanitation

  • Participate in appropriate in-service training programs prior to performing tasks that involve potential exposure to blood/body fluids.

  • Wash hands before and after performing any service for the resident.

  • Keep the nurses' call system within easy reach of the resident.

  • Immediately notify the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse of any resident leaving/missing from the facility.

  • Follow established safety precautions in the performance of all duties.

  • Keep residents' personal possessions off the floor and properly stored.

  • Keep floors dry. Report spills immediately.

  • Keep excess supplies and equipment off the floor. Store in designated areas.

  • Wash wheelchairs, walkers, etc., as instructed.

  • Clean, disinfect, and return all resident care equipment to its designated storage area after each use.

  • Perform routine housekeeping duties (i.e., clean bedrails, overbed table, night stand, etc., that relate to nursing care procedures).

  • Before leaving work area for breaks, or at the end of the work day, store all tools, equipment, and supplies.

  • Report all hazardous conditions and equipment to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse immediately.

  • Report all safety violations.

  • Follow established smoking regulations. Report all violations.

  • Report any communicable or infectious disease to the Director of Nursing Services and/or to the Infection Preventionist.

  • Follow established isolation precautions and procedures.

  • Wash hands before entering and after leaving an isolation room/area.

  • Follow established procedures in the use and disposal of personal protective equipment.

  • Wear and/or use safety equipment and supplies (e.g., back brace, mechanical lifts, etc.) when lifting or moving residents.

  • Report missing/illegible labels and MSDSs to your supervisor.

Equipment and Supply Functions

  • Use only the equipment you have been trained to use.

  • Operate all equipment in a safe manner.

  • Use only the equipment and supplies necessary to do the job. Do not be wasteful.

  • Report defective equipment to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse.

  • Inform the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse of your equipment and supply needs.

Care Plan Functions

  • Review care plans daily to determine if changes in the resident's daily care routine have been made on the care plan.

  • Inform the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse of any changes in the resident's condition so that appropriate information can be entered on the resident's care plan.

  • Ensure that your notes reflect that the care plan is being followed.

Resident Rights

Maintain the confidentiality of all resident care information.

  • Ensure that you treat all residents fairly, and with kindness, dignity, and respect.

  • Ensure that all nursing care is provided in privacy.

  • Knock before entering the resident's room.

  • Report all grievances and complaints made by the resident to the Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse.

  • Report all allegations of resident abuse and/or misappropriation of resident property.

  • Honor the resident's refusal of treatment request. Report such requests to your supervisor.

Working Conditions

  • Works throughout the nursing service area (i.e., drug rooms, nurses' stations, resident rooms, etc.).

  • Moves intermittently during working hours.

  • Is subject to frequent interruptions.

  • Is involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstances.

  • Is subject to hostile and emotionally upset residents, family members, personnel, and visitors.

  • Communicates with nursing personnel and other department personnel.

  • Works beyond normal working hours, on weekends and holidays, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary.

  • Is subject to call-back during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.).

  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs.

  • Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the work day, as well as to reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminants.

  • Is subject to exposure to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc., including TB and the AIDS and Hepatitis B viruses.

  • May be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicals.

Education

Must possess, as a minimum, a high school grade education or its equivalency.

Experience

Must be a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant in accordance with laws of this state in Pennsylvania.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

  • Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant such action.

  • Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, residents, family members, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.

  • Must possess the ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.

  • Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm, as well as the willingness to handle difficult residents.

  • Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing nursing practices.

  • Must be able to relate information concerning a resident's condition.

  • Must not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other individuals in the workplace.

  • Physical and Sensory Requirements

  • (With or Without the Aid of Mechanical Devices)

  • Must be able to move intermittently throughout the work day.

  • Must be able to speak and write the English language in an understandable manner.

  • Must be able to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the position.

  • Must be able to see and hear or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately to ensure that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

  • Must function independently and have flexibility, personal integrity, and the ability to work effectively with residents, personnel, and support agencies.

  • Must meet the general health requirements set forth by the policies of this facility which include a medical and physical examination.

  • Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facility.

  • Must be able to push, pull, move, lift and carry.

  • May be necessary to assist in the evacuation of residents during emergency situations.

Regulatory Compliance ? QAPI

  • Recognize your role as part of the QAPI efforts of our organization

  • Carry out QAPI roles and responsibilities as required

  • Look for and share with leadership ideas for improvement in the organization

  • Knowledge of current Performance Improvement Initiatives

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