This is nursing/therapeutic support work implementing treatment plans developed by professional staff. Work typically involves caring for one or more clients/patients/residents experiencing acute or chronic disabilities including one or multiple physical, mental, developmental disorders.
Nature and Scope
Positions typically report to a professional superior. Professional staff delegate work and review as needed. Work includes basic nursing/therapeutic care and assisted daily living activities with focus on development/retention/rehabilitation of daily living skills. Nursing assistants receive hands-on training and class room lecture. Employees assigned to positions requiring certification will attend training to obtain Certified Nursing Assistant designation.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Attends required classes including/not restricted to facility policies/procedures, nursing/therapeutic support methods, safety/security.
Receives hands-on training, observing/assisting professional and higher level non-professional nursing/therapeutic staff.
Monitors/records temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, nutritional intake/output. Alerts professional staff to significant irregularities.
Implements prescribed treatment plans involving reality orientation, sensory stimulation, range of motion exercise, and application of splints/braces. Provides oral/written description of individual's physical/behavioral change.
Observes individual activities providing oral/written report of unusual/hazardous behavior.
Observes/supervises individuals within facility surroundings ensuring appropriate location/security.
Escorts/is responsible for individuals traveling to social/recreational activities and medical appointments on/off campus.
Participates on interdisciplinary care team providing information about the individual's overall physical condition, abilities, and behavioral characteristics.
Applies appropriate interventions to prevent or de-escalate inappropriate behaviors.
Assists individual with personal hygiene.
Maintains individual surroundings ensuring appropriate infection control/sanitary conditions, care/storage of linens and clothing.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of applicable federal/state standards, regulations, policies and procedures for client/patient/resident care.
Knowledge of facility safety/security practices and proper equipment use.
Knowledge of positive therapeutic methods/techniques that encourage/support physical mobility/daily living skills.
Knowledge of basic procedures for taking/recording temperatures, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.
Knowledge of basic nursing procedures including personal hygiene, skin care, nutritional intake/output,
Knowledge of basic anatomy/physiology involving respiratory, circulatory, digestive, urinary, musculo-skeletal, endocrine, neurological, sensory, and reproductive systems.
Knowledge of infection control/aseptic methods and procedures.
Knowledge of appropriate interventions to prevent or de-escalate inappropriate behaviors.
Ability to recognize situations requiring the immediate attention of professional staff.
Ability to communicate oral/written reports concerning care activities/changing conditions.
Ability to follow oral/written instructions concerning care requirements/plan.
Ability to observe/identify unusual behavior/condition posing a health/safety threat.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Nursing Assistant Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Six months experience in applying laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of nursing procedures such as monitoring or recording temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiration and nutritional intake/output.