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Emory UniversityAtlanta, GA
  • JOB DESCRIPTION: Performs assigned patient care and observation duties under the direction of a Registered Nurse, including but not limited to: cleaning the patient's room, operating various clinical equipment, helping with emergencies, assisting with patient procedures, collecting and transporting patient specimens and completing applicable forms.
  • Greets visitors, answers and screens incoming telephone calls; provides information or takes messages and distributes them to appropriate employee to meet caller's needs.
  • Receives and transcribes data related to physician's orders according to established guidelines.
  • Maintains clerical and related unit supplies; places orders to replenish stock.
  • Accepts, verifies, and stores supply deliveries upon receipt.
  • Assists in the use of bag-valve-mask device, TED stockings, oxygen, suction equipment, incentive spirometer, and emergency cart.
  • Operates converter chair, lifts, scales, beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, non-invasive BP monitors, some components of Quicknet monitors, automatic thermometers, sphygmomanometer, computer and pulse oximeter.
  • Promptly and courteously responds to patient requests via the patient intercom system.
  • Relays appropriate information to appropriate staff for immediate attention.
  • Reinforces patient and family teaching.
  • Prepares room to receive patient; sets up necessary equipment and ensures neatness and cleanliness of room.
  • Transports and collects patient specimens throughout hospital, and contributes to the completion of admission, discharge, transfer, and death procedures and forms.
  • Performs vital signs and records information; reports observations and records significant and unusual information regarding patients to the Registered Nurse.
  • Observes color, consistency, amount and odor from drainage tubs; records information and notifies Registered Nurse of findings.
  • Participates in shift report.
  • Makes the necessary arrangements for medical tests, supplies, equipment, treatment and special dietary needs.
  • Assists Registered Nurse in providing patient care according to individual needs; observes IV site appearance, assists with range of motion, ambulation, patient transfers, diet, elimination, hygiene, performs pre-and postoperative procedural care, and assists with respiratory functions/procedures.
  • Assists in emergency situations as directed by the Registered Nurse.
  • Participates in the orientation of staff to the unit and precepts new, temporary, and float nursing technicians to the unit.
  • Promotes a supportive and healing environment so that customer and staff satisfaction are enhanced.
  • Supports cost efficient/effective delivery of care.
  • Participates in unit-based and hospital-wide Continuous Quality Improvement Program.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: One year of experience which includes direct patient care, OR the successful completion of a nursing assistant training course, or currently enrolled in a RN program and completion of 2 clinical rotations, and clerical experience.
  • Previous experience with various computer applications.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification in accordance with the American Heart Association required.
  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (Medium-Heavy) 36-75 lbs, 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 20-35 lbs, 34-66% of the workday; (frequently); 10-20 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 75 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 35 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking; Occasional sitting; Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing); Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks;
  • ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks.
  • Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure; Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors; Communicable diseases; Electrical shock; Floor Surfaces; Hot/Cold Temperatures; Indoor/Outdoor conditions; Latex; Lighting ; Patient care/handling injuries; Radiation ; Shift work; Travel may be required; Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators; environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks

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