Successfully performs all duties as a Nursing Assistant by providing nursing care for patients/residents whose conditions are unstable; care requirements are highly complex; and/or care is provided under conditions that are variable and stressful. PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Performs the following representative tasks to provide a variety of personal care and diagnostic support duties; performs treatments, charting and patient teaching tasks to meet the needs of patients/residents whose condition varies from mild to moderately severe. Provides nursing care for patients/residents whose conditions are unstable; care requirements are highly complex; and/or care is provided under conditions that are variable and stressful. PERSONAL NURSING CARE DUTIES Provides basic customer focused patient care for a select group of patients/residents, which include feeding, bathing, oral, nail, hair and other related hygiene care. Encourage patients to maintain self-care. Personal care includes tube feeding with care given to assure that the tube is in the stomach, the head is elevated, and the feeding is given slowly. Performs superficial suctioning of tracheotomy tubes, nose, and throat. SUPPORT DUTIES FOR DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES Performs a variety of supporting diagnostic duties which include taking, recording, and reporting to the supervisor deviations in vital signs; taking specimens; labeling specimens for the laboratory; assisting the doctor in a variety of diagnostic examinations by positioning and draping the patient and assembling instruments; and performing and recording fractional urine tests. Observes and reports symptoms of distress. Monitors patients for neurological/behavioral pathology. Assists physician and nurse with diagnostic or treatment procedures. Motivates patients in rehabilitative aspects and redirects their behavior, i.e., sensory perception, toward treatment plan goals. Operates specialized equipment. TREATMENT DUTIES Performs a range of complex treatment duties that includes monitoring patients with chest tubes - hemovac, tracheotomy care, deep trachea suctioning; inserts foley catheters, discontinuance of non-weighted nasogastric tubes, inserts suppositories, administers high colonic enemas. Irrigation of suprapubic catheters, monitors/discontinues IV fluids. Performs a range of treatment duties that may include hot and cold packs, changing sterile dressings, giving enemas, irrigating wounds, irrigating bladders, maintaining patency of gastric drainage, cleansing and changing colostomies. Functional Statement Title: Nursing Assistant GS 3-5. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Work Schedule: Sunday-Saturday, 3:30 PM to Midnight; Midnight to 8:00 AM; or 7:30 PM to 8:00 AM
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