Certified Nursing Aide-Hospice
The Certified Nursing Assistant (Aide) provides personal care and services to the terminally ill to augment that care given by family members in a patients residence or patient care facility. Aide functions under the direction, instruction and supervision of the Registered Nurse and/or Clinical Supervisor.
Performs only those personal care activities contained in a written Certified Nursing Assistant assignment which may include:
Helps the patient to maintain good personal hygiene
Assists in maintaining a safe and healthy environment.
Prepares and serves meals.
Assists in feeding patient when needed.
Assists the patient in ambulation
Assists with the safe use of a walker or wheelchair as taught and supervised by the nurse or physical therapist for a specific patient.
Assists with certain treatments as ordered by the physician and taught and supervised by the Registered Nurse for a specific patient including assisting with the change of the colostomy bag, reinforcement of a dressing, assisting with prescribed ice cap or collar, measuring intake and output, and may remind patients to take medications that are ordinarily self-administered
Assists with prescribed range of motion exercises which the Registered Nurse or the Physical Therapist has taught to the Aide and patient.
Attempts to promote patients mental alertness through involvement in activities of interest.
Gives basic emotional and psychological support to the patient and other members of the household
Reports any change in the patients mental or physical condition or home situation to the Registered Nurse and members of the interdisciplinary team.
Demonstrates basic care to the primary caregiver.
Practices infection control measures and standard precautions.
Provides accurate documentation with visit itineraries
Completes a minimum of 12 hours of in-services per year
Attends staff meetings.
Participates in at least one Quality Improvement activity yearly, as assigned by supervisor.
Hands in paperwork and finishes system documentation in a timely manner as outlined in orientation.
Performs other duties as assigned
Consistently promotes company values
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education: High School graduate or equivalent preferred.
Experience: Six months direct patient care experience in an institutional setting, prefer one year.
Licenses, Certifications and/or Registration:
o Proof of state certification, listed as Certified Nursing Assistant I or II in accordance with state law of the state the hospice is located.
o Must maintain good standing with the State specific Certified Nursing Assistant Board
o Current automobile insurance and valid drivers license
Equipment/Tools/Work-Aids: Ability to operate computer, facsimile equipment, copier and cellphone/beeper. Must have and maintain transportation to be used for work.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Ability to apply knowledge of the special needs of hospice patients and families; knowledge of community resources.
Personal Traits, Qualities and Aptitudes: Must demonstrate skills and written/oral competency prior to working independently with a patient: Sensitivity to feelings of the terminally ill and their families before and after patients death. Must be able to demonstrate flexibility by performing a variety of tasks, often changing from one to another of a different nature without loss of efficiency or composure. Good oral and written communication skills. Communicate effectively with people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Display evidence of patient advocacy.
Working Conditions: Patients homes and/or institutional setting and automobile travel. Potential exposure to infections, communicable diseases, odors, blood, excreta and hazardous materials.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be requested by individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions.
Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word
Must be able to read, write, and comprehend English
Perceive the nature of sounds by the ear
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Endure long periods of driving
Stand, walk and/or sit for extended periods of time.
Recurring movement to fingers, hands, wrists, legs and feet.
Moderate bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pushing, pulling
Demonstrate manual dexterity
Ambulate on rough surfaces and climb stairs
Lift or move up to 25 lbs when transporting supplies and lift and turn patients in excess of 50 lbs
Maintains high standards of integrity and business ethics.
Abides by company rules, policies and procedures, and applicable laws and regulations.
At Caring Hearts Hospice, we provide highly skilled, compassionate care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and their families. When medical science can no longer add more days to life, our mission is to add more life to each day. This allows our patients to live each day to the fullest with comfort and dignity.