The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) provides quality supportive and skilled care within their scope of practice to promote comfort and dignity for patients in the hospice care and/or home care setting. Represents agency positivity and upholds positive public relations with patients, families and facility staff. The Certified Nursing Assistant is able to work with neonates through geriatrics.
KEY REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:
- Reports to the Clinical Manager.
- Position may receive supervision and delegation from the Registered Nurse (RN).
- Delivers care based on the Plan of Care (POC) established by the RN Case Manager and/or assigned RN. Communicates to Clinical Manager, RN Case Manager or assigned RN regarding their observations and knowledge of patient needs and preferences. Is a part of the Interdisciplinary Team/Group (IDT/IDG) and participates in meetings as assigned.
- Assists with ambulation, range-of-motion exercises, positioning, turning and transfers according to patient’s abilities, tolerance and preference.
- Takes and records vital signs, observes changes in patient’s condition or behavior; promptly reports any changes to appropriate licensed nursing personnel.
- Provides personal care to patients, including bathing, peri-care, shampoo, oral hygiene, denture care, nail care, shaving and assisting with dressing.
- Aides/assists with patient’s toileting needs, including bedpan/urinal use, catheter care, changing briefs, and when delegated and supervised, administers suppositories/enemas.
- Periodically addresses food and fluid issues by preparing meals, feeding patient and/or offering fluids.
- Helps to maintains patient’s skin integrity to prevent pressure ulcers, skin tears or other damage by changing incontinent patients, turning, repositioning and applying lotion.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Minimum Experience: One year CNA experience desired (hospice preferred). Six month’s CNA experienced desired if position is for home health. New Graduates accepted.
Required License: Current Colorado CNA license. Valid Colorado driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.
CPR certification (for CVNA, Pathways, The Denver Hospice and Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care affiliates)
- Ability to lift/push/pull minimum of 50 lbs.
- Lifts/positions and/or transfers patients
- Lifts supplies/equipment
- Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing/walking/sitting
- Considerable reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling/crouching
- Manual dexterity and mobility
- Visual and auditory acuity
- May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases
- Regularly exposed to risk of blood borne diseases
- Occasional exposure to radiation hazards
- Occasional exposure to unpleasant patient or unit elements (sound, odor, sight, behavior)
- May be called upon to perform emergency care
- Exposure to variety of electro-mechanical hazards
- Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
Able to maintain job performance in emergency or crisis situation