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Certified Nursing Assistant .6
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St. Peter's Hospital | Helena, MT
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Job Description

JOB SUMMARY (overview of job): With direction of a Registered Nurse, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) provides direct patient care and assists team members with delegated tasks/procedures within their scope of practice. They will possess a thorough understanding of the position's roles/responsibilities; seeks clarification when appropriate. Ability to produce accurate and timely computer documentation with little direction. Knowledge of printer and fax functions. Highly motivated to perform and able to multi-task. See Orientation Competency Inventory (OCI).

KNOWLEDGE/EXPERIENCE: Previous hospital/long term care experience, including the use of medical terminology preferred. This position requires a person who exhibits a positive attitude, excellent communication skills, the ability to work productively under stress, and who displays a professional demeanor and is able to prioritize workloads. The employee in this position must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a safe environment and therapeutic milieu based on the age of the patients served. The employee must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span, possess the ability to communicate observed changes in patient's behavior/activity to the RN. This job description will change from time to time as tasks, organization, and technology changes.

EDUCATION: High school graduate or equivalent preferred. Successful completion of a CNA program. This position description may qualify for a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay. The conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRY: Current certification as a nursing assistant or enrolled in the SPH CNA training program and must obtain certification at the end of the training period. BLS certification required. SECURE Training required within 6 months of hire date, then annually updated.

Aptitudes: Exhibits judgment in organizing time and performing repetitive tasks. Ability to achieve cognitive, organization and emotional maturity to deal effectively with multiple stressors, deadlines, difficult situations and/or customers, within job duties. Possess interpersonal communication skills necessary for effective, non-judgmental and empathetic patient care and customer relations. Open to feedback and a changing environment, requiring flexibility in scheduling and department assignments. Takes ownership for work completed and instills confidence in themselves and their work contributions. Communicates in an effective, respectful and appropriate manner, contributing to the team environment. Ability to work collaboratively with the patient care team.

PATIENT SITTER: CNA'S occasionally are asked to be a patient sitter in a department or in the ER. Under the supervision of an RN, a Patient Sitter provides close observation of patients. Patient Sitters assist in the provision of a safe and clean environment for patients who because of physiologic, mental and/or behavioral limitations, or has made a suicide attempt or is expressing suicidal ideations are deemed at risk for additional injury. A Patient Sitter is initiated by a physician order and/or nursing judgement. Promotes the therapeutic milieu and the efficiency of the nursing team. Supports the System and Nursing Strategic Plans, Relationship-Based Care, and Shared Leadership.


* Obtains verbal report from the patient's nurse to include information regarding the patient's identified care needs, diagnosis, visual, auditory, or language barriers, as well as any special consideration (NPO, bed alarms, etc.)
* Sitter should be within 4-6 feet of the patient at all times. Patient Sitter should always maintain line of sight with the patient.
* Obtains instruction from the nurse regarding ambulation limitations and course of action for redirection of patient if needed.
* May transport patient for testing and procedures off the unit but must accompany and remain within arm's length of patient unless otherwise directed by the person performing the test or procedure.
* Observant of the patient's activity and behavior and communicates on a regular basis to the nurse. Receives direction from the nurse re: what to report, to whom, and how. St. Peter's Health computers will only be used for documentation. Personal cell phones, pagers, and computers may be used by the Patient Sitter while on break and NEVER while sitting with a patient.
* Provides for patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Maintains patient environment in a safe and orderly manner. Completes a new Sitter Checklist at each handoff and documented in the electronic medical record to ensure patient safety while care is provided at St. Peter's Health.
* Patient Sitters ensure all patient belongings are secured in a location where the patient does not have access i.e. locked locker or outside of the patient's room
* Sitter needs to document every 15 minutes on the Patient Observation Rounds sheet.
* Functions cooperatively as a team member. Responds as directed by responsible nurse to changing patients/unit's needs. If an emergency situation should arise the Patient Sitter should stay with the patient and call for help out the door or use the patient call light.
* Communicates in a professional manner and demonstrates respect for patient, families/significant other and other health care members.
* Offers support and feedback to peers and staff. Applies principles of caring and healing interactions with patients, families, and colleagues.
* Accurately and legibly records data collected and notifies RN of any untoward events, i.e. behavioral changes, violent behavior etc.
* Seeks and supports opportunities for professional growth and development.
* Offers consistent and visible support to team members.
* Complies with all St. Peter's Health rules, regulations, policies, and nursing standards.
* Strives to achieve excellence of service.
* Verbalizes understanding and responsibilities during all St. Peter's Health Emergency codes. The assigned patient remains the sitter's PRIMARY responsibility at all times.
* Responsible for honest behavior in all matters. To the best of the employee's knowledge and understanding, complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations.
* Maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information. Uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job.
* Performs related duties as assigned which includes transporting patients as needed; discharges, transfers, etc.

Additional Information

Weekend and/or Holiday Rotation may be required.

About St. Peter's Hospital

For almost a century, Saint Peter's University Hospital has been serving the healthcare needs of central New Jersey. From our simple beginnings in 1907, Saint Peter's has grown to become a technologically-advanced, 478-bed teaching hospital that provides a broad array of services to the community - from sophisticated care of premature babies to specialized geriatric medicine. Saint Peter's brings the latest medical practices and highly skilled professionals to the bedside. We treat more than 30,000 inpatients and more than 200,000 outpatients annually. We employ 2,800 healthcare professionals and support personnel, and more than 900 physicians and dentists have privileges at our facility. Saint Peter's is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and was the tenth hospital in the nation to be certified as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. As a state-designated acute care children's hospital, Saint Peter's offers a full range of specialized pediatric healthcare services. We also offer one of the most sophisticated maternity programs and operate one of the largest, most advanced neonatal intensive care units in the country as a state-designated Regional Perinatal Center. We are an international training center for minimally invasive surgery (MIS), and hundreds of complex MIS procedures are performed here every year. We are one of only a few in the nation recognized by the American Diabetes Association in all areas of diabetes education. We are also a regional provider of radiation and oncology services and specialize in integrated geriatric medicine. Saint Peter's University Hospital is affiliated with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which has been ranked the nation's best pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for five consecutive years (2003-2007). Together, we've established the CHOP Cardiac Center at Saint Peter's University Hospital that specializes in monitoring and treating cardiac abnormalities in infants and children. In support of our mission to provide quality medical education, Saint Peter's became an academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, the largest private medical school in the nation and a leader in health science education and research, in 2005. Drexel University is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's top doctoral universities. While medical advances help to provide better patient care than ever before, Saint Peter's healing mission would be incomplete without the personal commitment of employees that responds to the total, individual person - spiritually, emotionally and physically. Saint Peter's University Hospital is a non-profit, acute-care facility sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.