Oct 05, 2020

C.N.A. - Variable

  • Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA

Job Description


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.


  • 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.

  • Communicates with the Case Manager, as needed, regarding Plan of Care and any urgent needs regarding patient care. If unavailable, will reach out to the Clinical Manager accordingly.

  • 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.

If Assigned to CNA II:

  • Meets all the essential duties assigned to CNA.

  • Offers expertise and education to new CNAs; discusses philosophy of patient care with new hires.

  • Personally assigned a mentee; performs field education.

  • Vested in the growth of the CNA program.


  • Supports the mission and values of hospice, palliative care and home health.

  • Provides patient care (neonates to geriatrics) as determined by the Plan of Care (POC) and in accordance with discipline. Utilizes critical thinking skills, education, mentoring, guidance and interventions to help achieve goals of care.

  • Possesses knowledge of patient rights; ensuring an atmosphere which allows for the privacy, dignity and well-being of all patients in a safe and secure environment.

  • Understands the correlation between excellent patient care and the results of Hospice Item Set, CAHPS and other publicly-reported industry and/or accreditation quality benchmark programs.

  • Treats patients, family members and other clients with concern and empathy; respects their confidentiality and communicates in a courteous and respectful manner. Maintains and respects professional and personal boundaries. Adheres to HIPAA regulations, and maintains confidentiality of all patients and families.

  • Performs job duties within the standards of practice framework. Thorough and complete knowledge and use of standard precautions.

  • Attends team meetings and in-services on a regular basis. Participates in continuing education and professional development courses, to include annual education requirements as assigned to the discipline.

  • Works in a high volume environment with rapidly changing priorities.

  • Provides accurate and timely documentation in Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Uses, clear concise and professional written and verbal communication.

  • Responsible for meeting visit frequency and visits per shift requirements; takes on-call rotation as needed and/or assigned.

  • Possesses knowledge of necessary computer systems including Microsoft Office, Outlook and agency electronic medical records (EMR).

  • Promotes a holistic approach to patient care.

  • Cooperates with all co-workers; demonstrates flexibility to perform other duties 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