General Statement of Job
Under direct supervision, employees provide assistance to Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses in the delivery of health care services in the Obstetrics Unit. This position is responsible for performing non-licensed work to meet the hygienic, emotional and physical needs of patients to assist them in restoring, reaching and/or maintaining their optimal level of function. Care and services are performed in compliance with the unit’s standards of care, policies and procedures.
Performs assigned care within the guidelines of the Relationship and Results Oriented Healthcare Model as directed by the licensed nurse.
Observes patients and reports any changes in behavior or condition to RN or LPN.
Adapts procedures for infant, adolescent and adult patient care, measures/takes vital signs and documents same. Reports out of range vital signs immediately to nurse.
Documents patient care provided to newborns ensuring appropriate forms are completed in a timely manner.
Works as a team with other care providers; utilizing good communication skills, critical thinking, and checkpoints for team work.
Performs duties with a clear understanding of hospital’s policies and procedures and unit standards for performing care. Adjusts care to meet the needs of the patient population served as qualified; i.e., infant, adolescent and adult patient.
Recognizes reactions of parents and caregivers to stressors and adapts communications appropriately.
Performs duties in accordance with established infection control standards in the performance of all patient procedures; demonstrating adherence to hand washing policy.
Demonstrates understanding of JCAHO Safety Goals and delivers care with patient safety as a goal. Ensures all patients have identification band on at all times.
Communicates effectively with other patient care providers and team members for efficiencies and safety of care. Ensures a safe environment is maintained and meets specific needs of newborns.
Performs rounds with on-coming and out-going shift assuring patient needs were met as evidenced by shift changes accomplished without patient needs not being addressed/met (e.g. assistance with toileting, feeding, and any other special need).
Responds to call lights promptly and provides appropriate assistance to patients as needed, under supervision of the RN or LPN.
Assists with feeding patients and tray collection.
Provides assistance to physicians, nurses, patients and families as needed.
Identifies physical and/or psychosocial indications of abuse and/or neglect. Reports potential abuse and/or neglect in accordance with hospital protocol.
Utilizes opportunities to educate parents or caregivers on newborn safety, including infant bed procedures and positioning.
Recognizes individual needs of parent or caregiver with hospitalized child, and provides appropriate support and assistance as needed.
Assists patients with personal hygiene needs being sensitive to the patient’s care, self-determination and modesty.
Conducts any special documentation requirements, including fall protocol documentation and skin care as indicated in the care of the individual patient.
Ensures unit desk is covered to answer the telephone and door to the unit.
Organizes work to facilitate the admission process.
Coordinates the efficient collection of specimens, making sure to provide date, time and initials on all specimens collected.
Coordinates the completion of medical records for the Obstetrics Unit. Flags records for nursing documentation completion.
Ensures interdepartmental referrals and requests are appropriately routed and received.
Initiates CPR and Code Blue procedures immediately as needed.
Documents patient care, treatments and observations as required. Maintains proper filing of patient documentation.
Changes bed linen and maintains cleanliness and organization of patients’ beds and bed space.
Assists with securing patient valuables by labeling personal items and storing dentures, glasses, etc., in a safe place and ensuring that valuables stay with patient when transferred/discharged. Encourages family members to take valuables/belongings home that are not necessary for the patient while in the hospital.
Utilizes and ensures staff uses supplies efficiently, following infection control procedures, avoiding waste and follows patient charging procedures.
Ensures the unit’s pantry, supply rooms, linen shelves, equipment, and nurses stations are clean, orderly and maintain proper supply levels.
Uses patient care equipment safely and as directed by policies and instruction. Reports any identified equipment breakdown or malfunction by hospital policy. Maintains cleanliness of equipment after use.
Maintains a neat and orderly nursing station to provide easy access to medical records and patient diagnostic reports.
Obtains and transcribes physician’s orders in a timely and accurate manner ensuring any tests are ordered appropriately and efficiently.
Performs duties as a team member - communicating effectively and assisting co-workers as needed to ensure efficient and safe patient care.
Participates in the Fall Prevention Protocol; places orange name bands on patients with coordinating indication in the medical record.
Assists in the orientation of new staff members recognizing importance of bringing new staff into a friendly and supportive work environment.
Works with manager and other staff members to maintain competence and skills for procedures assigned.
Attends annual in-services and unit staff meetings and/or educational offerings as needed.
Assists team members and manager in identifying opportunities for improvement in patient care processes.
Demonstrates understanding and commitment to the hospital mission, philosophy, standards, policies and procedures. Recognizes all staff, physicians and visitors, as well as, patients as customers and provides courteous and respectful service.
Documents and reports any complaints from patients/visitors/physicians to supervisor.
Participates in the cleanliness of the work environment.
Demonstrates an understanding of responsibility in emergency plans and is available for patient care as needed or scheduled when hospital emergency preparedness plans are activated.
Participates in hospital community activities and promotes the hospital within the community.
Serves as a change leader, positively promoting new systems and changes implemented which improves the hospital and the service provided to its patients.
Participates in the hospital goals for growth by being an example of good service to patients in our community and in assisting physicians and other team members.
Emergency duty may be required of the incumbent that includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to threats or disasters, man-made or natural.
High School Diploma or GED required.
Minimum of one (1) year experience preferred for this position.
CPR certification required. HIV Education certification preferred. EKG certification preferred.
State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant license required.