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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT

SUMMARY:

The Certified Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing routine non-professional care of patients. The position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Receives daily assignment and reviews previous shift reports.

Performs or assists with patients’ personal care and hygiene activities, including bathing, grooming, and dressing.

Observes patient to detect problems or changes and notifies nursing personnel as needed.

Monitors and records vital signs and weight, empties catheters and urinals, collects urine specimens, and administers routine treatments.

Provides assistance at mealtime by escorting patients or delivering trays, distributing meal cards, feeding, and cleaning patients or patient facilities.

Performs housekeeping duties by cleaning patient rooms and equipment, disposing of and replacing linens, obtaining blankets, water, or other needed items, and counting and storing patient clothing.

Assists patients with recreational activities or escorts patients to and from clinic appointments.

Performs other duties as assigned.

SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS:

May be required to work rotating shifts or hours other than normal working hours. May require lifting and positioning patients, walking, use of restraints, and aggressive behavior management practices.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of patient care and personal hygiene practices. Ability to carry out and follow written instructions.

Ability to monitor patients and record basic medical information. Ability to assist and/or instruct patients as needed.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus six months of experience providing personal care to patients in a facility, home, or private service organization.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must be certified or eligible to become certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.


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