Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice - Sheboygan, WI

CNA- IPU Part-time In-Patient Unit 24 hours per week

General Summary:   Provides personal care services for patients as necessary to maintain their personal comfort.  Cares provided are assigned and supervised under the direction of an RN.

Essential Duties:

1. Practices infection control techniques.
2. Knowledge and application of policies and procedures of SSRCH.
3. Organizes and maintains safe patient care and work areas.
4. Documents patient care on a timely basis according to policies.
5. Maintains confidentiality in all aspects of the job.
6. Responds to emergency situations.
7. 200% Accountability for all Personal Behaviors Exhibited
a. 100% accountability for self-professional behavior
b. 100% accountability for addressing professional behaviors of others.
Patient Care:
1. Provides care and services according to the patient’s plan of care.
2. Assists the patient in activities of daily living including personal grooming, feeding, drinking, toileting, bathing, skin care, nail care, dressing, transferring and walking; provides fresh water and nourishment between meals.
3. Assists with ambulation, transfer of, and exercise of patient.
4. Maintains a clean, safe and comfortable environment.
5. Gives emotional and support to the patient/family.
6. Provides prescribed treatments, after training by RN and a return demonstration.
7. Reports status/observations of assigned patients to RN caring for the patient.
8. Attends Interdisciplinary Team Meetings as requested.
9. Assists the nurse in care and treatment measures including giving enemas, changing dressings, collecting specimens, applying compresses, applying other treatments, taking vital signs.
10. Assists the nurse in caring for patients with special equipment or apparatuses or requiring special procedures.
11. Light housekeeping duties as assigned.
12. Promptly answers patients call lights and/or requests.
13. Works effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team in the delivery of care and assists in the orientation of new employees. 
14. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary.

Home Care:
1. Assists patient with self-administration of pre-poured oral medications.
2. Provides temporary respite care for patient/family.
3. Prepares meals and assists patients with eating.
4. Promotes patients independence.

Professional Development
1. Completes 12 continuous education hours per year.
2. Participates in SSRCH provided education and employee meetings.
3. Obtain CHPNA certification within 3 years of being eligible to take the exam. 

Personal Qualifications
1. Affirms the knowledge, philosophy and principles of hospice care.
2. Maintains patient confidentiality.
3. Instills confidence in the patient by maintaining a neat and attractive appearance and performing duties in a competent and caring manner.
4. Required to work reasonable amounts of overtime (when approved by supervisor) and flexible hours.  Available to work weekend and holiday rotation schedule.
5. Able to maintain healthy boundaries.

Working Conditions
1. Physical Requirements:  Frequent ambulation; constant bending, lifting, twisting, pushing and pulling; push wheelchair with patient, reposition patients, bilateral manual dexterity; climb up and down stairs; able to sit for extended periods of time; manual dexterity to operate computer and other office equipment.

a. Home Care: Locate and drive to and from patients’ homes and to meetings at other locations as necessary.

2. Mental Requirements:  Read, speak, write and understand English; cognitive processes to interpret patient condition and contact Team Leader and/or case manager; ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and ability to work independently with indirect supervision.

3. Working/Environmental Conditions:  Fast-paced changing environment, with multiple directives from several disciplines.

a. Home Care:  Requires work in patient homes, Nursing homes, CBRF’s etc, with no control over environmental conditions.

4. Machines, Equipment, Tools Used:  Hoyer lift; bed scale; heat lamp; suction equipment; foley catheter; TED stockings; calculator; thermometer; blood pressure equipment; bed boards; bed cradle; feeding tube; automobile; pager; telephone and computer.

5. Exposures:  Reasonably anticipated exposure to blood, other body fluids or other potentially infectious materials.  Possible exposure to communicable diseases or infections.  Reasonably anticipated exposure to hazardous equipment, assorted chemicals, gases/vapors and other pollutants.  Possible exposure to patient’s pets.

6. Personal Protective Equipment Required:  Assorted gloves; assorted masks, utility gloves; protective eyewear; impervious gowns; impervious aprons.

Professional Qualifications
1. Certificate/License Requirements:  Current inclusion on the State of Wisconsin registry as eligible to provide services in a licensed and certified hospice/home health organization; re-certification as required. Certified in CPR BLS according to the American Heart Association and/or Red Cross.
a. Home Care: Valid Wisconsin driver’s license upon hire and proof of car insurance; renewal as necessary.

2. Experience Requirements:  Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. Minimum 6-months experience working as a nursing assistant preferred.  Interest in working with terminally ill individuals.