A Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse. The Nursing Assistant reports to the Registered Nurse who is responsible for the assigned patient's care. Work Schedule: Sunday - Saturday; Various Shifts Available: Days, Evenings and Nights (Rotating Weekends and Federal Holidays) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required A Nursing Assistant provides technical nursing care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care to adult and geriatric patients according to a plan of care established by a Registered Nurse. The GS-5 Nursing Assistant will be proficient in performing the following duties according to approved nursing procedure: Provides for the personal care of patients including: Feeding; Oral hygiene; Shaving; Skin care; Bathing; Showers; Tub Baths; Use of bedpan or urinal; Application of external catheters/drainage bags; Bed making; Distributing nourishments; Care for patients in isolation. Performs, reports, and records the following activities: Vital signs; Neurological vital signs; Pulses-apical, carotid, pedal; Height/Weight; Visual chemstrip and glucometer measurements; Intake and output measurements; Cleansing and retention enemas; Suppository placement (nonmedicated); Urethral catherization; Care of established colostomies and ileostomies and application of bag; Tube feedings; Sterile & non-sterile specimen collection; Range of joint motion; Elastic bandage & hose application; Hot & cold non-sterile compresses; Sterile dressing & irrigations; Initiation of deep breathing & coughing exercises; Oral & nasal suctioning; Tracheostomy tube suctioning; Oxygen therapy; Observation or IV flow rate Care of the body after death. Provides for supportive care of patients: Admissions, discharges & transfers; Orienting patient to environment; Ambulation; Transfers from bed to chair/stretcher/wheelchair; Turning & positioning; Bed rails & bed board application; Restraint & protective device application; Mechanical lifters utilization; Transporting, escorting & errands. Observes and reports more subtle changes/ abnormalities in patient condition. Assists with RN with modification of treatment plans to accommodate cultural preferences, religious preferences, and changes that occur with aging. Assists the RN in formulating nursing objectives for individual patient care. Participates in the implementation of the care plan developed by the RN. Supports the health care team (e.g. RN, MD, OT) in diagnostic and therapeutic activities. Initiates appropriate rehabilitative measures (e.g. dangling, ambulating). Reinforces relevant patient education activities. Recognizes and initiates appropriate actions in urgent/emergent situation, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS) when appropriate. Utilizes appropriate emergency evacuation techniques.
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