The Patient Care Partner (CNA) assists clinical team members by performing a variety of duties for patients within the patient focused care system and under the direction/supervision of a registered nurse. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.
- Assures admission paperwork is available and actively participates in the admission process.
- Actively participates in administering patient care and ensures a safe and comforting environment.
- Responds to patients needs in a timely manner.
- Assists patients with ADL’s including meals, bathing, and hygiene needs.
- Performs/assists with range of motion exercises and ambulation. Performs cardiac rehabilitation exercises with patients per protocol.
- Performs/assists with positioning patients and transferring patients from bed to chair or wheelchair or stretcher. Transports patients as needed.
- Reports changes in condition to the RN in a timely manner.
- Maintains personal responsibility for professional growth and development.
- Applies the knowledge of growth and development to appropriate patient populations.
- Maintains patient confidentiality.
- Maintains universal precautions.
- Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
- Observes intravenous lines for adequacy of fluids and operations and reports any non-functioning line visually observed.
- Performs superficial oral suctioning with a Yankauers.
- Establishes patient setup/connection tasks including inputting patient specific data for hemodynamic monitor use, SaO2, and EKG.
- Demonstrates ability to perform 12 lead EKG.
- Collects specimens such as urine, stool, or sputum.
- Obtains weight and basic patient information for new admissions.
- Monitors and performs vital signs using a variety of equipment, and reports abnormalities/unanticipated changes to RN.
- Performs blood glucose monitoring.
- Performs ostomy care.
- Performs surgical preps on patients.
- Ability to assist MD/RN in removal of sheath and applies manual pressure or c-clamp after hemostasis has been established.
- Observes sheath site for signs of bleeding and notifies RN of any changes.
- Ability to apply single dressings and to assist RN with more complex dressings.
- Provides clerical support as needed.
- Education: High school graduate or G.E.D. certificate required.
- Licensure/Certification: None required. CNA and/or paramedic certification (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) paramedic certification) preferred. BLS certification required within the first 30 days of employment. Basic EKG skills required within 6 months of employment.
- Experience: With CNA and/or paramedic certification, no experience required. Without CNA or paramedic certification, minimum of one year patient care experience in a nursing home or hospital ( acute care setting preferred) or one year nursing school required.
Arkansas Heart Hospital - 18 months ago