The Residential Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) Nursing Assistant is responsible for the clinical and clerical functions of patient care in order to promote timely and efficient patient care. Nursing Assistants (NA) provide a "seamless" process for patients under direction of the Registered Nurse (RN) and supervised by the Nurse Manager in the RRU. The NA is self-directive in performing and documenting a wide range of basic to complex medical and psychiatric clinical skills with minimum supervision. ~THIS IS AN INTERMITTENT POSITION~ Scope of Assigned Duties: 1. Works effectively with patients diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders such as depression and substance dependence. Recognizes signs and symptoms of changes in condition such as suicidal or psychotic thinking and takes appropriate and immediate interventions and notifies the registered nurse. 2. Develops and maintains supportive therapeutic relationships with patients. 3. Recognizes early signs of disruptive behavior and initiates appropriate interventions and notifies the RN. Actively participates in the management of out of control behavior, utilizing talk down techniques and self-protection interventions. 4. Independently completes nursing care procedures such as vital signs, weights, glucometer checks including calibration. 5. Monitors those patients on Special Watch using proper documentation tools. 6. Recognizes, reports, responds, and documents both medical and psychiatric emergency situations. 7. Provides information verbally to the RN, identifying changes in patient's condition. Enters information about patient's condition in the medical record using appropriate medical and psychiatric terminology. 8. Prepares patients for tests, examinations, and treatments. Collects and labels specimens as needed. 9. Completes patient teaching both one-to-one or in group setting from materials available and approved for the site. 10. Maintains an open climate that encourages the patient to share personal information, discuss and/or question whatever is not understood. Is able to recognize the need and modify interactions to accommodate patient's individual limitations, needs, and concerns. 11. Possesses knowledge of proper handling and pre-cleaning of reusable medical equipment. 12. Supports patient-driven care in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner, using evidence-based principles. 13. Adherence to principles of infection control, safety, and universal precautions. 14. Participates in performance improvement initiatives and strives to elevate the practice standards. 15. Demonstrates appropriate behavior (i.e., respect, civility, ability to accept constructive criticism), effective communication and interpersonal skills. 16. Maintains a work environment that honors diversity. 17. Maintains confidentiality of electronic, written, and/or verbal patient information. 18. Acts as relief administrative staff, processing administrative procedures such as scheduling of patients, patient movement (admissions and discharges), travel arrangements, work orders, staff schedule and timecards. 19. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Various shifts: Monday-Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm; 3:30pm to 12:00am; 11:30pm to 8:00am Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599938200
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