DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The work involves performing routine and semi-skilled tasks in the overall care of the physically ill, physically disabled and mentally incapacitated residents and patients at the Long-Term Care Facility of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation. The activities performed support the daily functions and operations of an assigned unit or area. Work is performed under the direct supervision of professional or para-professional nursing staff in accordance with the policies and regulations of local, State and Federal authorities as well as accepted standards of practice. Supervision is not a function of this position. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Performs or assists patients and residents in performing personal hygiene tasks, assists with dressing, giving treatments or other care activities;
Turns and positions patients and residents; assists in transferring, ambulating and transporting;
Passes and empties bed pans and urinals and provides proper care for incontinent patients and residents;
Assists in feeding including passing and collecting trays and nourishments, setting up meals and adaptive eating equipment, feeding patients and residents, cleaning patients and residents after eating and cleaning eating area;
Responds to patients' and residents' request for assistance;
Provides therapeutic assistance such as range of motion exercises, assists with occupational and physical therapy exercises, utilizes and applies adaptive equipment such as leggings, splints, wedges and antiembolic stockings;
Assists and participates with activity programs;
Prepares deceased persons and transports body to morgue;
Observes and reports changes in patient's and resident's physical condition or behavior to appropriate supervisor;
Distributes clean linens, makes beds and distributes toiletries;
Assures patients' and residents' room is clean, neat and safe, ensures proper labeling and storage of clothing and personal items and launders personal clothing.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Working knowledge of the techniques involved in feeding, bathing and caring for the ill or infirm; working knowledge of aseptic and sterile techniques used in avoiding infection and contamination of equipment and supplies; working knowledge of first aid; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to read and understand English; ability to create a cheerful and optimistic attitude in residents and patients; ability to get along well with others and work as a team member; ability to perform light housekeeping and cleaning tasks; willingness to perform unpleasant tasks; dependability; patience; empathy; physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.
Possession of a Certified Nursing Assistant Certification as issued by the New York State Department of Health at time of appointment.