The team member’s Number One job responsibility is to deliver the most remarkable patient experience, in every dimension, every time, and understands how to contribute to the health system’s vision of achieving that commitment to patients and families. At Novant Health, people are our business. We treat each other with respect and compassion. We embrace the differences in our strengths while fostering an environment of inclusion, empowerment, inspiration and courage. The team member will use Novant Health’s First Do No Harm (NHFDNH) safety behaviors/error prevention tools and high reliability strategies as appropriate to ensure a safe, remarkable patient experience. .
The Student Nurse Apprentice (SNA) serves as a member of the healthcare team at Novant Health by establishing an authentic personalized relationship with the patient and their chosen support system, observing and collaborating with the Registered Nurse to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate an individualized plan of care that promotes optimal health or supports a peaceful death. The SNA is supervised for the management and provision of care in accordance with current policies and procedures. The SNA will document and provide assistance to patients with activities of daily living and maintenance of a safe and clean environment, under the direction and supervision of a registered nurse.
• Performs personal care (activities of daily living): Bathing (assist, bed bath, tub bath, shower, sits bath), mouth care, skin care, hair care, nail care, bed-making (modified), dressing and undressing.
• Uses appropriate body mechanics: Applies proper technique when assisting patients with turning and positioning, transfers (chair and stretcher), use of lifts, assistance with ambulation, and range of motion exercises.
• Assists with patient's nutritional needs: Prepares patients for meal time, assists and/or feeds patients, measures and records intake and output, collaborates with the nurse regarding patient's increased or restricted fluid needs.
• Assists with patient's elimination needs: Bedpan/urinal, bowel/bladder retraining, collect/test
specimens, perineal/catheter care, applies condom caths, enemas (non-medicated), empties drainage devices from body cavities/wounds, and measures and records output.
• Adheres to safety measures: Side rails/call bells, mitts and restraints, Basic Life support, infection control (handwashing, isolation technique, universal precautions). Utilizes safety devices and good body mechanics to avoid injury to patient or self. Cleans equipment according to policy and returns it to appropriate area and unit. Maintains cleanliness in patient room, utility room, medication room, and desk area. Keeps hallways clear of equipment.
• Special procedures: Obtains and records vital signs - temperature (oral, rectal, axillary), pulse (radial, apical), respirations, blood pressure, pulse oximetry (O2 saturation), finger stick blood sugars, height, and weight (stand-up scales/bed scales). Application of heat/cold therapy. Prevention and care for decubitus ulcers. Surgical skin preps and scrubs. Applies and removes ace bandages, TEDs and binders, and EKG monitor leads. Provides postmortem care. Assists patient with appropriate cough/deep breathing technique.
• CNA II specific special procedures: Provides IV site care/dressing changes and discontinues peripheral IV catheters. Performs oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal suction. Simple oxygen set up and flow rate monitoring (nasal cannula only). Performs urinary catheterization insertion and removal. Clamps feeding tubes and removes oral/nasogastric feeding tubes. Performs clean dressing changes and sterile dressing changes (wound over 48 hours old). Ostomy and tracheostomy care. Break up and removal of fecal impaction.
• Assists in admission, discharge, and transfer process: Assumes responsibility for gathering and labeling patient belongings for transfer or discharge and accompanies patient when indicated. Orients patient/family in use of call bell, lights, phone, emergency call bell, television, and information packet, including hospital policies. Transports patients to other units/departments or to discharge area as needed.
• Notifies nurse of changes in patient's condition or behavior, results of treatments, accidents,
incidents, and errors.
• Teamwork: Develops and maintains positive relationships with team members/internal customers. Consistently demonstrates a willingness to adjust activities to accommodate the needs of team members/internal customers. Resolves conflicts independently, as appropriate. Accepts responsibility for actions and responds positively when receiving feedback from others.
• Restocks routine medication administration related supplies for nurse and may have access to noncontrolled patient medications; ensures unattended storage device within a patient’s room is secure and locked at all times to prevent unauthorized access; alerts pharmacy or nursing personnel when unsecured medications are found.
• Under the supervision and as directed by the Registered Nurse, provides input into the patient’s plan of care / status. In addition, provides interventions as directed by the Registered Nurse.
All other duties as assigned.