Receives patient care assignments from the registered nurse (RN) in charge. Initiates delegated tasks based on demonstrated competence in performing nursing activities for specific patient age groups served.
Collects and documents data for the admission assessment and reassessment at specific times for the patient population. Documents and provides appropriate data to the RN and/or LPN for analysis and validation of the patient’s response to care or treatment and when a significant change occurs in the patient’s condition.
Informs licensed nurse of any changes in patient condition/needs, of patient complaints, and of patient/significant other educational needs.
Answers patients’ calls for help, take their vital signs, and monitors their behavior and physical condition for progress or deterioration. Assists with baths, ambulating, feeding, skincare, personal and oral hygiene and making occupied and unoccupied beds. Performs dressing changes, enemas, ostomy care, toileting, turning, cough and deep breathing, catheter care, collection of biological specimens, measuring and recording intake and output of fluids.
Prepares patients for discharge and accompanies them upon dismissal as indicated.
Stocks and maintains supplies and equipment in keeping with patient care needs and cost containment. Utilizes time and supplies economically and conscientiously.
Assists with delegated clerical duties such as answering telephones, relaying messages, transcription of physician orders, preparing and organizing the patient's medical record.
Orients new patients and significant others to the nursing unit.
Performs mechanical and manual operation of equipment as recommended in the user's manual, with the ability to recognize common mechanical problems and initiate appropriate corrective action.