Nurse Attendant

Northwell Health Bay Shore , NY 11706

Posted 3 days ago

Job Description:

The Nurse Attendant has the unique responsibility of directly enhancing patient experience and transforming care each and every day. In this role, you will be a key member of the nursing care team, assisting patients with activities of daily living. You will also perform basic nursing care functions and provide assistance in the maintenance of a safe and clean environment.

Responsibilities Include:
1.Functions as a co-worker to the nurse and a key member of the nursing care team:

  • Organizes patient care assignment and sets priorities

  • Alerts RN co-worker to changes in patient status, i.e. alteration in comfort, skin integrity, alterations in breathing pattern, etc.

  • Documents patient care and patient status changes on the appropriate chart forms

  • Communicates routine information to RN periodically during shift i.e., intake and output
    2.Assists RN in providing for ADL needs of patients:

  • Prepares patients for meals, and feeds or assists with meals

  • Provides between meal nourishment and fresh water to patients

  • Bathes or assists patient to bathe, provides oral hygiene

  • Toilets patients as necessary

  • Maintains patient's mobility with range of motion exercises and ambulation

  • Grooms patient, including shaving, as needed

  • Participates with the RN in the development of a plan of care for assigned patient

  • Utilizes a plan of care in carrying out patient assignments
    3.Maintains patient care units in a neat and orderly condition:

  • Changes and makes beds

  • Cleans and straightens bedside table and over-bed tables, as needed

  • Strips patient units upon discharge of patient, in preparation for cleaning by Housekeeping Department

  • Removes equipment from room, cleans and place it in appropriate area

  • Prepares room for new admissions, transfers and post-operative patients
    4.Assists Registered Nurse by performing selected procedures and simple treatments:

  • Takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and B.P. upon admission and as assigned.

  • Measures and records fluid intake and output; totals at shift end

  • Obtains specimens, such as urine, stool and sputum

  • Administers enemas, as directed

  • Weighs and records patient weight on admission and as indicated

  • Shaves patients as instructed in preparation for procedures

  • Performs simple procedures utilizing aseptic technique (i.e. applying and changing simple dressings).

  • Performs simple respiratory treatments, as required (i.e. suctioning).
    5.Performs a variety of related duties:

  • Assists patients in and out of bed, ambulates patients, lifts, turns and positions patients

  • Assists with serving of meals; positions patient, cleans over-bed table, and helps distribute and collect trays

  • Transports and accompanies patients to various departments, as directed

  • Reports missing or damaged equipment to Unit Service Coordinator

  • Ensures that non-patient rooms (i.e. utility rooms, linen rooms, kitchens, etc.) are in a neat and orderly condition

  • Maintains cleanliness of patient care equipment

  • Performs constant observation on selected patients as assigned

  • Follows medical Center's policies and procedures to support QA/QI efforts in patient care and services

  • Performs post-mortem care and transports body to morgue
    6.Takes part in Nursling's continuing education policy by:

  • Attending nursing attendant course during orientation program

  • Participating and completing annual mandatory educational requirements

  • Attending nursing attendant staff development programs offered throughout the year


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.

  • Completion of Nurse Assistant course or equivalent, required OR Prior experience as a Nursing Attendant or equivalent, required.

  • NYS Nurse Attendant certification, preferred.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, and follow written and/or oral instructions.

  • Ability to work in diversified settings.

  • Ability to lift, turn, position, etc. Patients, as required.

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