Care Associate

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center - Baltimore, MD (30 days ago)4.0


FLSA Status: Nonexempt
Functions as a member of the patient-centered care team to provide direct bedside care to the patient underthe supervision of a licensed nurse. Performs a variety of activities for assigned patients and their families and
significant others.

Qualifications
EDUCATION: Completion of an approved nursing assistant certification program; high school graduation orequivalent preferred.
EXPERIENCE: 6 months related experience preferred.
LICENSE/CERT/REG: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification by the Maryland Board of Nursing. BLS(Basic Life Support) certification.
SKILLS: Basic math skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Assists patients with activities of daily living (ADL's) including bathing, dressing, skin care, positioning,ambulation, toileting, and range of motion activities.
Assists with environmental services support such as linen management, trash removal, and cleaning patientrooms as needed.
Assists with transport of patients, specimens, equipment, and supplies as appropriate. Maintains patientprivacy and confidentiality.
Communicates changes in the patient's condition to the Licensed nurse.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to departmentpolicies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditationregulations.
Obtains data and accurately documents pertinent patient information.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Performs basic procedures, collects specimens, provides respiratory therapy support, performs venipunctureand obtains EKG's.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Provides and documents nutritional support for patients.
Reports actual and potential problems concerning patients, families, staff and their departments to theRegistered Nurse. Responds to questions from patient, families and significant others in a prompt, courteous,positive manner, referring them to appropriate personnel if necessary.

Physical Requirements
DIRECT PATIENT CARE/CONTACT: Visual acuity including color vision. Ability to hear and orallycommunicate. Ability to read, comprehend, and write English language. Manual dexterity. Moderate physicaleffort: Physical mobility with ability to lift, push or pull up to and including 35 lbs. Walking, standing, sitting forprolonged periods. Handling of patients including lifts, rolls, transfers, etc. with the use of mandatory SafePatient Lifting Equipment. Ability to perform CPR and respond to emergency situations including potentialtakedowns or restraints. Ability to appropriately wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Working Conditions
ADA: Some skills/physical requirements can be altered and appropriate accommodations or use of adaptiveequipment will be made in accordance with the ADA. Associates should discuss accommodations andprovide medical documentation to Occupational Health.
ATTENDANCE: Regular job attendance is an essential job function.
DIRECT PATIENT CARE/CONTACT: Exposure to patients, visitors and family members with a variety ofphysical and psychiatric/mental health conditions. Potential for exposure to contagious diseases, blood andbody fluids, chemicals, medicinal preparations, potential ionizing radiation, unpleasant odors, and otherconditions common to a clinical environment. Mandatory requirement for use of Personal ProtectiveEquipment (PPE) when indicated per policy. Position may require flexible scheduling, off-shifts, weekend,holiday, on-call and/or overtime hours of work in accordance with department policy or procedures.