Care Companion

  • Nebraska Methodist Health System
  • Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hosp Council Bluffs Iowa 51503 US
  • Posted: Feb 14, 2019
Other Nursing

Job Description

  • Purpose of Job
    • Provides a safe environment for patient(s) whose behavior has been identified at risk for injury and/or may jeopardize the continuation of medically necessary treatment.
  • Job Requirements
    • Education
      • High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D) required.
      • Participate in mandatory inservices and continuing education programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by supervisor.

    • Experience
      • Previous cleaning, food service and/or patient related experience preferred.
      • Orientation and on the job experience will be provided to learn hospital procedures and work routines.

    • License/Certifications
      • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.
      • Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) required.

    • Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
      • Require the ability to understand and carry out instructions, follow schedules, communicate information, read simple and clear instructions.
      • Must be able to collect, and report patient needs to the appropriate caregiver.
      • Requires ability to demonstrate critical thinking skills commensurate with job description.
  • Physical Requirements
    • Weight Demands
      • Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.

    • Physical Activity
      • Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
        • Climbing
        • Crawling
        • Kneeling
        • Sitting
      • Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
        • Balancing
        • Carrying
        • Crouching
        • Distinguish colors
        • Keyboarding/typing
        • Lifting
        • Pulling/Pushing
        • Repetitive Motions
        • Standing
        • Stooping/bending
        • Twisting
        • Walking
      • Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
        • Fingering/Touching
        • Grasping
        • Hearing
        • Reaching
        • Seeing/Visual
        • Speaking/talking

    • Job Hazards
      • Not Related:
        • Explosives (pressurized gas)
        • Electrical Shock/Static
        • Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
        • Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means)
      • Rare (1-33%):
        • Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
        • Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
      • Occasionally (34%-66%):
        • Biological agents (primary air born and blood born viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
        • Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
        • Equipment/Machinery/Tools
  • Essential Job Functions
    • Essential Functions I
      • Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the customer/patient, to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment, as outlined in the Age Specific Criteria.
        • Demonstrates ability to identify opportunities for and give individualized customer service/care according to customer/patient needs.
      • Exhibits excellent interpersonal relations with patients, co-workers, and guests to ensure effective communications.
        • Responds to patient needs promptly and courteously.
        • Communicates patient issues to the appropriate staff.
        • Maintains a positive attitude while responding to requests in a timely and accurate manner.
        • Behavior logs completed after each shift and turned into Core.
      • Provides a safe environment for patient(s) whose behavior has been identified at risk for injury and/or may jeopardize the continuation of medically necessary treatment.
        • Assists in keeping excess stimulation to a minimum.
        • Provides assistance with repositioning, turning and chair transfers.
        • Provides transportation assistance.
        • Assists with every two hour toileting schedule, if appropriate.
        • Respond to bed exit, sit/stand alarms by assisting the patient(s) in their immediate needs.
      • The primary nurse will report the activity and nutritional level of the assigned patient(s).
        • Helps feed patients as necessary.
        • Assists in offering nutrition/fluids on a frequent basis, if appropriate.
      • Helps maintain patient environment.
        • Help keep room neat and tidy, free of clutter.
        • Attends to patient amenities; e.g., newspapers, mail, tissues.
      • Helps maintain patient safety.
        • Calls for assistance if unsure of observation or activities of the patient(s).
        • Assists with diversional activities, if appropriate.
        • If sitting for two patients, companion will sit in hallway between the two rooms and maintain visual contact with both patients.
        • If sitting for a suicide precaution patient, companion must have constant visual contact of the patient at all times. (refer to suicide precaution policy).

    • Essential Functions II
      • Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
      • Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Compassionate Care/AIDET and company policies/procedures.
      • Other duties as assigned.