The Nurse Aide I assists in providing patient care under the direct supervision of the Registered Nurse. The Nurse Aide I assists in maintaining a clean, safe patient environment and performs job responsibilities in a safe manner. The Nurse Aide I maintains clinical and professional competencies as appropriate to the ages, developmental stages and special needs of the patients served.
Performs personal care for the comfort and well-being of the patient; includes bed bath, tub bath, shower, sitz bath, mouth care, skin care, hair care and nail care. Serves and collects food trays. Feeds patients and records dietary intake.
- Distributes ice, water and nourishments. Measures and records intake and output.
- Assists the patient with bedpan, urinal, bedside commode, bowel and bladder training.
- Records daily bowel function. Applies condom catheters.
- Collects and tests specimens (urine, feces, sputum).
- Administers cleansing, fleet and/or retention enema.
- Provides perineal and catheter care.
- Empties drainage device from body cavities/wounds and records.
- Maintains gastric suction.
- Assists with simple non-sterile dressing changes, application and removal of ace bandages, sequential compression device, heat application, pelvic and cervical traction, application.
- Makes occupied and unoccupied beds.
- Performs pm care to promote patient comfort.
- Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure.
- Obtains and records patient weight and height.
- Turns and positions patients.
- Does not initiate but participates in the application and removal of restraint devices as directed by the Registered Nurse or Licensed Care Provider Assists in monitoring the patient in restraints for safety, circulation, hydration, nutrition and elimination.
- Assists with postmortem care.
- Provides hand-off communication appropriate to job duties.
- Reports and documents information related to assigned duties.
- Assists with maintaining documentation according to established policies and procedures.
- Assists patients with transfers to bed, wheelchair stretcher.
- Assists with Range of Motion exercises.
- Initiates or participates in CPR.
- Provides continuous observation of a patient or patients when assigned to serve in this capacity.
- Provides continuous observation for assigned patients on suicide precautions or patients in behavior management restraints
- Provides instructions to patients and family members according to approved protocols and/or the plan of care as delegated by and under the supervision of the Registered Nurse. Documents spoken or observed response.
- Performs fingerstick for blood glucose monitoring upon competency verification
- Retrieves blood products (upon competency verification)
Work consistently requires walking, standing, sitting, lifting, reaching, bending, stretching, stooping, pushing and pulling. Must be able to lift and support the weight of 51 pounds in handling patients, medical equipment and supplies. Must speak and understand English with the ability to communicate effectively. Manual and finger dexterity.
Education, Experience and Certifications
High School Diploma or GED required. Completion of an approved Nurse Aide Training Program or student nurses meeting the listing requirements of the DFS Nurse Aide Registry required. Current listing with the DFS Nurse Aide Registry as a Nurse Aide I required. Current American Heart Association Basic Cardiac Life Support HealthCare Provider certification required.
Patient Population Served
Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development and demonstrates the skills and competency appropriate to the ages, culture, developmental stages, and special needs of the patient population served.
Protected Health Information
- Will limit access to protected health information (PHI) to the information reasonably necessary to do the job.
- Will share information only on a need-to-know basis for work purposes.
- Access to verbal, written and electronic PHI for this job has been determined based on job level and job responsibility within the organization. Computerized access to PHI for this job has been determined as described above and is controlled via user ID and password.
Machines, Tools, and Equipment
Those required by unit. Includes blood pressure manometer, stethoscope, thermometer, personal protective equipment, wheelchairs, stretchers, utility cars, and related clinical equipment.