Patient Attendant will be assigned to observe patients, assure that safety needs are met and assist with providing of basic patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. Assignments will on various units of Tuscaloosa and the Northport DCH facilities.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Assists in providing personal and safe care services in accordance with the plan of treatment assigned by the registered nurse in include but not limited to:
Direct observation of patient at all times
Assists with measuring and recording intake and output
Assists with positioning patients, lifting and turning patients
Assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode
Care of incontinent patient
Skin care to the immobilized patient
Ambulating the patient
Carries out all safety precautions noted on daily assignment sheet
2. Accurately documents care provided according to policies and procedures.
3. Performs initial and annual competency per job class. Specific ages: adolescent, adult, and geriatric.
4. Applies safety principles and proper body mechanics to the performance of specific techniques of personal and supportive care, such as ambulation of patients, transferring patients, assisting with normal range of motion
5. Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment and nursing units are
maintained in a clean, safe manner.
Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
Performs compliance requirements as outlined in the Employee Handbook
Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
All other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
High school education or equivalent. Reliable transportation to support assignment between two facilities. Requires good communication skills.
Must be able to read, write legibly, speak, and comprehend English.
Environmental: Includes exposure to human body fluids, disease, infection, lab chemicals and hazard materials and/or cleaning solutions. Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment.
Physical: Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected to within normal range. Able to perform the duties with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to tolerate prolonged periods of sitting, standing and walking. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Is able to push stretcher/wheelchair with average adult patient. Is able to do frequent stooping and on occasion crouching, crawling, or kneeling. Ability to reach reasonable distances in any direction. Ability to run in emergency situations. Must be able to move fingers in a coordinated manner. Must have ability to feel and perceive temperature, texture, shape and size with fingers.
Psychological: Includes receiving delegation, working with team members, addressing conflict, and communicating with all types of personalities.