General Summary of Position Responsibility:
The Nursing Assistant (NA) works under the direction of a Registered Nurse to provide care for patients/families with acute and chronic diseases, disorders found in the pediatric and adolescent into the young adult populations. Actively supports the Hospital’s and the department’s quality goals and service excellence principles.
Essential Job Functions:
- Maintains professionalism at all times with parents, volunteers, and staff.
- Plans daily care and activities in collaboration with the RN.
- Takes vital signs: temperature, heart rate, and respirations as directed by RN.
- Obtains weights and heights on children upon admission, once or twice weekly and PRN.
- Document weights, vital signs, and other delegated items on appropriate flow sheets. Communicates with the RN for any concerns.
- Provides comforting and compassion at all times.
- Makes routine physical observations of all children to determine the child’s needs and works with the RN on duty to prioritize their care.
- Provides daily care: skin, hair, and oral care, bathes or showers child daily and PRN, dresses child appropriately for weather and for the time of day or night.
- Checks and changes diapers every 2 hours and PRN. Provides skin and perineal care with every diaper change and PRN. Applies protective creams as directed by RN.
- Applies monitoring equipment as delegated by the RN. Maintains the equipment in a safe fashion.
- Rotates pulse oximetry probe a minimum of every two hours and PRN.
- Does not turn alarms or equipment off unless delegated by the RN.
- Cleans and maintains portable and bedside suction equipment.
- Cleans and maintains the child’s environment of care: beds, clothes, closets, drawers, extra supplies, toys, etc.
- Prepares food and either supervises or feeds the children that can eat by mouth or who may require assistance.
- Transports the children in wheelchairs, strollers, wagons, and assist with children using walkers.
- Transfers children to various seating devices or other orthopedic devices as delegated by the RN.
- Promotes safety by using two persons to transfer any child over 40 pounds, or any child who may need additional assistance due to physical condition
- Applies orthopedic devices such as: AFO’s, TLSO, and various splints as delegated by the RN.
- Provides passive range of motion or other ordered exercises as delegated by the RN.
- Promotes the developmental well being of the child by offering various experiences, various opportunities for engaging in different activities with volunteers, other staff.
- Engages with the children for socialization, play time, reading and movie time, outside time, etc.
- Works with direction and in collaboration with the Child Life Specialist.
- Monitors the child’s safety at all times.
- Documents basic care provided on appropriate forms and communicates with the RN for any concerns.
- Performs light household duties (cleaning, laundry, dishes) and assists with RN during admission and discharges of children to Almost Home Kids. Assist with Inventory of belongings and equipment upon admission and discharge. Assists with set-up of child’s room prior to admission and cleans child’s room after discharge.
- Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
- Duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- High school diploma / GED.
- Certification as Nursing Assistant Required.
- Must be able to safely immobilize children, if necessary, and be able to move equipment and patients; respond quickly to patient care situations; effectively communicate with patients/families, physicians, and patient care staff, and meet professional image and communication standards.
- Bilingual ability preferred.
- Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.