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Certified Nursing Assistant - Tsali Care Center
Job Code:2019-04-043
Department:Tsali Care
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum12.22
Salary Midpoint14.36
  
Position Closes:
Open Until Filled 

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

PRIMARY FUNCTION:    
Under supervision the incumbent is responsible for a variety of nursing assistant duties 
established by the Nurse Supervisor. Under supervision he/she is responsible for 
following the outlined plan of care.  The Nursing Assistant assists in performing routine 
tasks and providing personal care for facility residents of the Tsali Care Center.   

JOB DESCRIPTION:  
Recognizes and reports to the registered nurse or medical provider abnormal findings 
related to vital signs, clinical signs and symptoms, and laboratory findings. 
   
Implements nursing care including, but not limited to: 
? Implements the ordered plan of care for residents in the assigned caseload and 
schedule. 
? Is required to work on weekends and holidays on a rotating basis. 
? Takes vital signs as specified in CNA Plan of Care, understands normal 
parameters and reports results outside of normal parameters to residents' primary 
RN or PCS supervisor immediately if indicated and otherwise within the working 
day. 
? Organizes daily schedule to make good use of time and care of residents. 
? Demonstrates safe practices by using proper body mechanics, following policies 
for sharp/dangerous material handling and disposal, reporting and/or acting to 
correct unsafe or costly conditions. 
? Cleans and restocks CNA supplies daily and as needed to maintain current and 
complete nursing assistant supplies. 
? Maintains current CPR certification, TB test, driver's license, and CNA 
certification without lapse and provides copies to supervisor. 
? Attends all mandatory agency in-service/education programs as scheduled during 
the evaluation period. 
? Attends at least 12 hours/year of work-related educational programs. 
? Participates in QA and Performance Improvements projects as assigned. 
? Participates in at least two work-related self-development or team activities per 
year (i.e. volunteering for committee assignments, community activities, etc.). 
? Attends monthly staff meetings and scheduled case conferences involving 
assigned residents, unless excused by PCS Supervisor. Documents the reading of 
minutes when unable to attend staff meetings. 
? Performs other duties assigned by supervisor to promote efficient operation of the 
facility. 
? Assists patients with daily living activities, i.e., bathing, oral hygiene, changing 
bed linen, feeding, etc. 
? Collects specimens (urine, stool, throat cultures and sputum). 
? Completes finger stick glucose monitoring. 
? Dresses wounds and applies soaks. 
? Assists primary care providers with diagnostic test, examining patients, etc. 
? Monitors intake and output, including monitoring IVs. 
? Documents vital signs and other medical data to the appropriate record. 
? Initiates appropriate resuscitative measures in an emergency situation.   
? Operates a variety of specialized medical equipment, such as suction pumps, 
oxygen equipment, automatic BP cuffs, and oxygen saturation units, etc.  
Recognizes malfunctioning and unsafe equipment and initiates corrective action. 
? Initiates appropriate action when safety measures are required to protect patients. 
? Maintains a safe environment through the practice of Universal Precautions and 
Body Substance Isolation, medical waste/chemical management and containment.  
Isolates infected patients.   
? Directly observes and evaluates patient care. 
  
JOB KNOWLEDGE 
Must have thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the CIHA, 
standard CNA practices, applicable OSHA mandates, and related regulatory controls. 
Requires the ability to perform various CNA skills using assigned clinical equipment. 
Must have basic clerical skills, including the ability to maintain records, files, and logs. 
Must be able to collate data and prepare reports as required. Must have good 
communication skills, both written and verbal. Must have an understanding of the EBCI 
culture, life styles, and risk factors. 
 
Knowledge and skill to perform basic clinical nursing care to assist residents in their 
daily living activities. 
   
A practical knowledge of performing prescribed treatment plans such as dressing changes 
or soaks. 
  
Knowledge of proper handling and collection of specimens, performing vital signs and 
recognizing abnormal values. 
  
Basic knowledge of diseases and illnesses and the ability to recognize and report changes 
in the patient's condition to the registered nurse.   
  
A practical knowledge of the CIHA organization and Tsali Care Center services, the 
basic rules and regulations governing visitors and resident treatment, COBRA, and 
practical knowledge of standard procedures, medical records, and medical terminology. 
  
A basic knowledge of diseases, medical and surgical procedures, as well as standard 
abbreviations used by the medical staff. A thorough knowledge of recording and documenting medical information. 
  
Knowledge and skills in operating specialized medical equipment, such as suction 
pumps, oxygen equipment, etc. 
  
Applicant must have a valid North Carolina driver’s license. 
 
EDUCATION, LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION, AND EXPERIENCE 
? High school graduate or GED, 
? Successfully completed an accredited program in Nursing Assistant,  
? Certified as a Nursing Assistant (CNA),   
? Current Basic Life Support (BLS) is required of the position. Can be acquired through 
the facility following appointment to position. 
? Preference given to applicants who have specialized training in CNA. 
? No experience required of position, will provide training.   
 
Proficiency rated at 3-6 months. Experience providing care to ill or elderly would be 
helpful. Must possess sufficient and legible written and verbal skills in order to 
communicate with residents and health care providers. 
 
CONTACTS WITH OTHERS 
Has frequent contact with coworkers, other health professionals, residents and their 
families; where tact, courtesy, and diplomacy are required to maintain positive 
relationships. Requires good communication skills, both written and oral. Requires 
sensitivity to others while dealing with residents and their families who may be under 
stress while dealing with issues of disease and poor health. Purpose of contacts is to 
exchange information, gain assistance, and dispense data. 
  
COMPLEXITY OF DUTIES 
Must adhere to all CIHA confidentiality policies and procedures. An above average 
degree of discretion is required while handling resident and related medical information. 
 
CONFIDENTIAL DATA 
The incumbent has access to highly confidential patient medical and personal 
information. The Privacy Act of 1974 mandates that the incumbent shall maintain 
complete confidentiality of all administrative, medical and personnel records and all other 
pertinent information that comes to the individual’s attention or knowledge.  The Privacy 
Act carries both civil and criminal penalties for unlawful disclosure of records.  Violation 
of such confidentiality shall be cause for adverse actions. 
 
RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACCURACY 
Requires a high degree of accuracy in reporting health abnormalities to the residents' 
primary RN, and in the documentation of services provided. Undetected errors could 
have minimal or life threatening results. Government regulations, compliance with 
grants, and third party payers require the submitting of accurate patient information to 
allow for appropriate reimbursement for residents. The submission of false or inaccurate 

information would place the facility at risk for fraudulent claims, resulting in loss of 
facility certification, and the nursing assistant's certification would be in jeopardy. 
Review of work following established procedures, protocol and quality audits would 
prevent most errors.  
 
MENTAL/ VISUAL/ PHYSICAL EFFORT 
Job duties can be mentally /emotionally stressful at times. Close mental concentration 
and attention to detail are required for most nursing assistant duties that can be for short 
or extended periods of time. Physical activities require the ability to walk, sit, reach, 
extensive bending and heavy lifting while assisting residents to walk or turn, and when 
transferring residents. Must have visual acuity, manual dexterity, and the ability to speak 
and hear. 
  
RESOURCEFULNESS AND INITIATIVE 
The Nursing Assistant works under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse. 
Must demonstrate good observation skills with sufficient knowledge to recognize health 
abnormalities and report them to the patient's primary RN. Requires good organizational 
skills in order to follow a schedule and calendar of visits for resident care, assemble 
needed supplies, prioritizing resident needs, and planning visits to make good use of time.   
  
ENVIRONMENT 
The work environment involves moderate risks of exposure to infectious disease, 
radiation, electrical hazards, irritant chemicals and explosive gases. Works in office and 
hospital environment and is exposed to biohazard, disease, etc.; which requires strict 
adherence to OSHA guidelines and protocol for maintaining sterile conditions and aseptic 
technique. 
  
CUSTOMER SERVICE 
Consistently demonstrates superior customer service skills to residents/customers by 
displaying relationship based care aligned with CIHA Guiding Principles. Ensure 
excellent customer service is provided to all residents/customers by seeking out 
opportunities to be of service.