Provides nursing assistance to doctors and nurses in the care and treatment of mildly or chronically ill patients or those seeking to improve their health. Facilitates quality patient care by optimizing patient flow. With policies and direction, provides a broad range of duties including but not limited to, administrative and clinical functions within their scope of practice and training.
Routine duties shall include providing health care services to individuals eligible for services in accordance with the self-governance compact and funding agreement between the Cherokee Nation and United States executed under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
Provides a variety of personal nursing care and diagnostic support duties, performs simple treatments, charting, and patient teaching tasks.
Personal nursing care including feeding, bathing, lifting, turning, oral care, nail care, hair care and related personal hygiene duties. Recognizes and reports gross changes in patients' condition.
Supporting diagnostic duties include taking, recording, and reporting to the registered nurse deviations in vital signs; collecting, labeling, and transporting specimens to the laboratory. Measures and records intake and output. Assists the doctor in a variety of diagnostic examinations by positioning and draping the patient, and passing instruments and supplies.
Applies simple dressing, binders, and heat and cold locally. Observes and reports wound condition and drainage.
Assists in monitoring patients receiving treatments and reports deviations to nurse.
Assists in screening, admitting, and discharging patients. Gathers and records specific information from the patient.
Reinforces instructions given to the patient by the physicians and registered nurses.
Maintains a clean and safe environment for the patient. Changes occupied patient beds, supply cupboards, utility rooms, used equipment, etc. Sorts supplies and linens as needed. Reports defective equipment and deficient supplies.
Performs clerical duties when appropriate such as, but not limited to the registering of patients, printing summaries, patient labels, applying arm bands, printing face sheets, discharging patients out of the computer, notifies Medical records when patient chart is ready for pharmacy, and when necessary to obtain or locate records.
Other assigned duties after formal orientation and competency performed.
Other duties may be assigned.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or six months related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification preferred but not required; can be obtained during orientation period.
Cherokee Nation - 18 months ago