Provides various personal care and related paraprofessional services in accordance with an established plan of care. Provides for the personal needs (both physical and emotional) and comfort of patients in their homes.
- Adheres to Agency policies and procedures, as well as State Practice Act.
- Performs work under the supervision of the Supervising Nurse.
- Receives direction from licensed nurses in planning and carrying out nursing aide care.
- Observes and reports to the licensed nurse the physical and psychological condition of the patient including any changes.
- Reports safety hazards and unusual incidents involving patients, visitors or self to the Supervising Nurse and to the office.
- Performs personal care activities contained in a written assignment by the Supervising Nurse which includes but is not limited to, assisting the patient with activities of daily living, such as:
Personal hygiene (assisting to bathroom or in using bedpan, bathing, care of mouth, skin and hair)
- Meal Preparation
- Assisting with the change of ostomy appliances
- Reinforcement of dressings (non-sterile)
- Assisting with the use of devices for aid to daily living (cane, walker, wheelchair or lift device)
- Assisting with prescribed range of motion exercises
- Assisting with self-administered urine tests for sugar acetone or albumin (CNA may not interpret results)
- Measuring and preparing special diets
- Measuring intake and output
- Taking vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure)
- Application of an external (condom-type) catheter
- Assist with application of arm sling, arm splint or leg splint
- Post-mortem care
- Sterile dressing change
- Irrigation of body cavities such as enemas, colostomy or wound
- Gastric lavage or gavage
- Administration of oral medications, eye drops or medicated skin ointments
- Administration of parenteral or IV medications
- Application of heat by any method
- Nasogastric or gastrostomy tube feedings or care
- Tracheotomy tube care
- Suctioning of the nose, mouth or tracheotomy
- Nail care on a patient with diabetes or compromised circulation
- Any personal health service that has not been included on the paraprofessional task sheet
The CNA will NOT:
- Perform heavy-duty household cleaning such as washing walls, waxing floors, washing windows, etc.
- Household repairs or maintenance
- Yard care or maintenance
Additional (non-essential) Desired Functions
Performs other duties as directed by supervisors.
Primarily works in facilities and/or the patient’s home, travel required.
Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Availability
- High school graduate or G.E.D. certificate preferred.
- Graduate of state approved Certified Nurse Aid course.
- Six months experience as a CNA in health care (in homes or facilities)
- Currently certified in the state as a Certified Nurse assistant.
- Passing score on RAH’s Nurse Aid Competency exam.
- Must have a sympathetic attitude toward the care of the sick, and the ability to deal effectively with the demands of the job.
- Meets the health requirements for employees providing direct patient care.
- Read, write, speak and understand English as needed for the job.
- Have valid driver’s license and use of an insured automobile for work or access to adequate transportation.
- Annual tuberculin skin test and any other health tests or immunizations required by facility.