Job Objective: The Nursing Technician provides general nursing care of patients within a nursing unit guided by the policies and procedures of the hospital under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.
- A. Nursing Care
- 1. Provides accurate observations of patient needs. Reports patient symptoms and needs requiring attention to the professional nurse.
- a) Observes and reports IV infiltration and improper IV flow rate.
- b) Checks circulation
- c) Maintains appropriate body alignment
- d) High degree of involvement with patients and family members
- 2. Assists in providing general routine nursing care based on a Registered Nurse's assessment and care plan, adhering to accepted policies and procedures.
- a) Performs the following nursing care tasks:
- Basic hygiene including complete and partial baths and showers.
- Makes occupied and unoccupied bed.
- Provides oral care.
- Provides hair care.
- Assists with elimination.
- Assists with and feeds patients as necessary.
- Patient movement including turning every 2 hours, positioning in bed and assisting to chair.
- Patient transportation by gurney, wheelchair or bed.
- Range of motion exercises.
- Removal and application of care management restraints. Peri care
- Foley Catheter care.
- Discharging patients.
- Replacing batteries in telemetry boxes as requested Cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
- Prevention of skin breakdown.
- b. Performs additional nursing care tasks including the following:
- Vital signs (manual and machine), including pain level. a Rounding on patients to assess safety and needs.
- Assisting in the facilitation of a quiet environment.
- Assisting with Fall Precautions.
- Procedures related to elimination including colostomy care, urostomy care and appliance change.
- Ambulation with assistive devices such as crutches, walkers or gait belts.
- Care of tubes and drains including Jackson Pratt, hemovac, and pleurovac.
- Use of equipment including scales, thrombo guards and traction. Cast care.
- Surgical skin preparation.
- Specimen collection including urine, stool and sputum.
- Care for stage 1 pressure ulcers.
- Transports patients when required.
- Performs errands when assigned to facilitate unit work flow; i.e. Transports specimens to lab, acts as messenger to various departments ect.
- Operates technical equipment safely and appropriately.
- Demonstrates knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific groups.
- B. Documentation.
- 1. Demonstrates knowledge and use of hospital written resources.
- a. Charts accurately on HTR flow sheet, restraint flow sheet, belongings list and patient care plan.
- b. Able to complete unlicensed portion of nursing assessment
- 2. Demonstrates knowledge of legal aspects of care, knowledge of legal documents pertinent to unit/area of care.
- C. Computer operation
- 1. Ability to input essential orders in hospital computer system.
Skills and Abilities: Skills obtained through completion of a basic nursing aide course or the basic nursing modules in the Registered Nursing or Licensed Vocational nursing programs at a community college, and/or one-year experience in an acute care or skilled nursing facility Ability to learn required computer skills within 6 months of employment
• Skill and ability to follow the established Customer Service Expectations and Standards.
Required Licensure and/or Certifications: Basic Cardiopulmonary Life Support for Healthcare Workers Current CNA may be required in area of care. Maintenance of annual skills and Joint Commission requirements including age specific competencies.
Education and Experience High School Graduate or GED required.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
• Work often performed under stressful, emotional and physical conditions
May be exposed to contaminated instruments that may cause infections, burns, or cuts
• May also be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and risk of radiation.
A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Occupational Health Department.
Antelope Valley Hospital, founded in 1955, is a 420-bed acute care facility. We are a not-for-profit, district owned hospital, and a vital part of the Antelope Valley. We are a place where people can find high quality healthcare in a friendly and supportive environment. As health care technology has advanced, and the community has grown, Antelope Valley Hospital has evolved into the premiere health care organization that sets the standard for quality care in northern Los Angeles County.
The Antelope Valley, which has a growing population of over 400,000, is located approximately one hour north of Downtown Los Angeles. It is one of the few areas in Southern California where you’ll find clean air, affordable housing, and a small town atmosphere, which is free of traffic congestion, full of sunny skies and beautiful mountain views. It’s no wonder why we’ve become such an appealing community to call home.
AVH offers an exciting growth oriented atmosphere, excellent benefits, numerous educational opportunities and competitive salaries. EOE