Certified Nursing Assistant

Job Details
High School/GED
Maine CNA
Our mission is to enhance the lives of our residents and their families. Such care recognizes the importance of quality service to residents and co-workers. Each employee has the following responsibilities as an individual:
Responsible - works independently, in a safe and appropriate manner.
Sensitive - displays sensitivity and empathy to the needs of residents and co-workers.
Timely - recognizes time as a most valuable resource and responds promptly to residents' and co-workers' needs.
Accurate - works carefully and precisely, with attention to detail.
Coordinated - organizes and delivers service in the proper order. Displays good organizational skills and utilizes resources wisely.
Thorough - meets all requirements of the position. Is able to evaluate and follow-up services.
Summary of Major Functions
The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) performs direct geriatric care duties, with a restorative emphasis, under the direction and supervision of a Licensed Nurse.
Essential Functions and Work Role Responsibilities
1. Provides supervision and assists residents to maintain personal hygiene by:
Giving complete bed baths, showers, or whirlpool baths
Caring for teeth or dentures and providing special mouth care as needed
Combing hair, shaving, trimming nails and applying make-up when desired by resident
Dressing in appropriate clothing
2. Assures that residents receive adequate nutritional care by:
Positioning resident so that independent feeding is facilitated
Feeding residents when necessary
Encouraging poor eaters and assisting those with marginal food intake to get the maximum benefit from meals and snacks.
3. Assists residents with functions of elimination by:
Helping and/or reminding the resident to go to the bathroom at appropriate times
Providing bedpans or urinal as requested or at regular intervals as required
Participating in bowel and bladder rehabilitation programs as stated in the care plans
Making proper use of incontinence products and protective pads
4. Assists residents to maintain or improve their level of mobility and prevent problems of immobility by:
Repositioning residents for their comfort and to prevent pressure sores frequently and at least every two hours
Assisting with range of motion of all extremities by exercises or activities
Using good body mechanics to assist a resident who can support his own weight to transfer into a chair or bed and with another staff member to transfer a resident who requires lifting
Using mechanical life and turning sheets as aids in moving heavy or difficult residents
Assisting residents with the safe use of walkers, canes and crutches when walking
Encourage participation in activities and transport of residents to activities of their choice.
5. Maintains a safe, clean environment for the resident by:
Keeping bed neat, clean and made up with fresh linens as required
Using physical restraints only when absolutely necessary and demonstrating proper application of vest, belt, geri-chair and specialized restraints
Disposing of soiled linen and trash in proper receptacles
6. Provides emotional support on a day to day basis by:
Using listening techniques, allow residents to verbalize their concerns without being judgmental
Encouraging participation in recreational programs
Keeping furniture and personal articles neat and orderly in order to prevent falls and other accidents
Practicing good infection control practices of frequent hand washing and use of universal precautions when dealing with body fluids
7. Provides information about the residents condition and any significant changes by:
Taking, recording and reporting temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and weights at regular intervals and when indicated by a change in condition
Reporting anything different or unusual about the resident €“ rashes, bruises, complaints of pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, etc.
Documenting as required on ADL sheets €“ special foods and fluids, intake/output, mobility, bladder and bladder restraints, etc.
8. Functions as a member of the facility resident care team by:
Adhering to dress code and maintaining good standard of personal hygiene and grooming
Participating in staff development and inservice education programs according to State/Federal regulations
Sharing/helping with work load and cooperating with other staff members regardless of individual assignments
Following facility personnel policies and procedures
9. Performs other essential duties as necessary or required
10. Ensures proper use and handling of equipment and supplies
Working Behaviors
1. Adheres to and carries out all policies and procedures
2. Reports on-the-job injuries and or grievances to the supervisor before the end of the shift on the day the injury occurs
3. Establishes and maintains constructive working relationships with co-workers, residents, families and visitors
4. Maintains confidentiality of verbal and written information pertaining to residents, facility operations and personnel
5. Promotes Lakewood in a positive way
6. Promotes teamwork in the provision of services for residents.
Physical Environment
Exposed to all resident elements, including exposure to human waste, blood and body fluids and other unpleasant elements. At times, long and irregular hours are necessary. Exposure to hazardous substances is, at times, unavoidable. Frequent multiple tasks and resident needs will be assigned in a rapid fashion.
Physical Criteria/Effort
Work involves standing and/or walking over 70% of the time. There is moderate physical effort in positioning, lifting, or moving residents of various weights and body shapes, with or without assistance. Vision and hearing acuteness is required at all times. Repeated bending, squatting, and stooping is necessary. The incumbent is subject to frustration and fatigue.
Occupational Risks
Occupational injuries may occur from not following policies and procedures regarding our "no lift" policy, also exposure to hazardous materials including blood and body fluids and potential injuries from sharp objects, violent individuals, and physical environment.
Probability And Consequences of Errors
Errors in practice can result in negative resident outcome as well as personal injury. Probability is contingent upon individual practice. Poor performance will be addressed according to established progressive disciplinary policies and procedures of the facility and the State of Maine.
Minimum Requirements For The Job
Currently certified and registered with the Maine CNA Registry.
Completion of a state approved program as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Maine. Previous clinical experience in acute care of long-term care is desirable.
Training/Experience as a nursing assistant
Experience or interest in working with older adults
Maturity, friendliness and enjoyment in working with people
High School diploma or GED, with reading, comprehension and writing ability at 12th grade level or higher
Special Knowledge Required or Preferred
BCLS certification preferred
Annual mandatory continuing education requirements

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