The Nurse Aid in the Emergency Department is an unlicensed assistive person who assists with activities of daily living, provides basic nursing care to non-critical patients and assists in maintenance of a safe environment under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge of the team and/or unit.
Performs various duties necessary to provide complete care within established standards, policies, procedures, and scope of the position.
Performs and records routine technical tasks such as vital signs, collection of specimens, intake/output, and mass.
Assists the licensed nurse with hourly rounds on assigned patients, as appropriate, to reinforce the 4P's (Pain, Potty, Positioning, Possessions); Demonstrates working knowledge of the fall prevention program.
Assists with providing comprehensive nursing care including but not limited to: positioning of patients, ambulation of patients, dietary needs, activities of daily living, e.g., feeding of patients, AM and PM care, admission, discharge and transfer of patients, care of patient belongings, and other patient care duties within scope of position.
Ensures each patient/family is provided an orientation to the ED gurney bay/room, call light system, and how to access the Supervising RN or Charge Nurse, if needed.
Reports all unusual incidents to the appropriate person. Reports significant changes in patient’s condition to supervising Registered Nurse and/or Charge Nurse.
Assists with patient teaching within the scope of knowledge as directed by the licensed nurse.
Demonstrates the ability to accurately determine patient’s vital signs. Charts appropriate data within the scope of the position.
Utilizes hospital equipment and supplies appropriately.
Uses two patient identifiers consistently when performing or assisting with any procedure on a patient.
Ensures consistently that all clinical alarms are not turned off or silenced without the knowledge of the RN.
Is in compliance with information contained within the Infection Control Manual (i.e. OSHA bloodborne pathogen standards, CDC Guidelines) and demonstrates appropriate use of personal protective equipment (i.e., gloves, masks, goggles) and hand hygiene techniques.
Avoids and prevents injury to self and patients by applying the principle of body mechanics. Maintains a safe environment, functioning with an awareness and application of safety issues identified within the unit / facility. Is proactive in identifying, reporting and participating in the resolution of any potential or actual patient safety issues
Communicates information related to nursing care of patients to other health care team members assigned to the patient's care, including noted changes.
Explains all treatment and procedures thoroughly to patient before they are performed. Involves patient in care and allows patient to have choice and control over situations and environment, as appropriate to condition and situation.
Attends and maintains mandatory training in safe patient handling, trained in safe lifting techniques, includes but not limited to 1) Appropriate use of lifting devices and equipment, 2) Five areas of body exposure: vertical, lateral, bariatric repositioning and ambulation 3) Use of lifting devices to handle patients safely.
Reinforces selected patient teaching initiated by Registered Nurse. Provides emotional support to patient and families.
Assists in maintaining patient and unit area in a clean and orderly manner.
Utilizes the National Patient Safety Goals in the work place as related to job performance. Demonstrates awareness of a safe environment for staff, patients, visitors, or any others on the unit.
Performs all other duties as assigned or requested.
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