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Patient Care Associate - CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant

at Boulder Community Hospital

Posted: 7/18/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3636

Job Description

Boulder, CO


Work Hours: varies


Fulltime - 36 hours a week - Nights

CNA & EMT Eligible 

Boulder Community Health is a not-for-profit, integrated regional health system with facilities throughout Boulder and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to provide our community with the highest value healthcare in an innovative, patient-centric environment. Our vision: We are partnering to create and care for the healthiest community in the nation.  BCH is known across Colorado for its clinical excellence in heart care, orthopedics, cancer care, surgery, primary care, emergency and trauma, urgent care, stroke care and neurology. Some 540 physicians in 54 medical specialties have privileges at BCH.

Performs duties and tasks that assist the caregivers and promote effective departmental functioning.  Direct patient care functions are under the direction of the RN.

Education or Formal Training
1.      High school diploma or equivalent preferred
Special Qualifications (Licensure, Registration, etc.)

  1. Effective 4/1/15 CNA certification or equivalent certification is required.  Equivalent certifications include: EMT, MA, Military Medic or completion of 1st year of nursing core classes (not prerequisites for nursing school).  PCAs hired prior to 4/1/15 will be grandfathered in and will not be required to complete CNA certification.
  2. BLS certification required within conditional period.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability
1.      Basic knowledge of asepsis and universal precautions
2.      Basic knowledge of frequently used medical terminologies
3.      Physical and mental stamina to perform job duties
4.      Able to take directions from multiple staff and demonstrate the ability to set priorities

Hospital or other health care experience preferred

Standard medical/hospital equipment: i.e. hospital beds, wheelchairs and carts, positioning aids, IV infusion pumps, monitoring equipment, phone and intercom systems, computers, telemetry monitor, drains, restraints, call light system, orthopedic specific equipment, etc.

1.      Physical working environment may include, but not limited to, any of the following hazards: chemical, electrical, mechanical, biowaste, explosive, radiation, etc.
2.      Environmental conditions may include, but not limited to, variations in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
3.      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to constantly stand and walk.  The employee frequently is required to stoop, crouch and twist.  The employee is occasionally required to kneel, squat and sit.
4.      The employee must be able to consistently support, push, pull and/or lift up to 10 pounds, frequently support, push, pull and/or lift up to 30 pounds and occasionally support, push, pull and/or transfer up to 50 pounds (for example, moving a patient from a wheelchair to a bed).
5.      Functional physical demands include manual dexterity, fine motor skills and reaching.  The following senses will be needed for essential duties of the job: speech, vision, hearing, smell and touch.

1.      Demonstrates appropriate IPR/communication techniques.
2.      Enhances open communication in groups.
3.      Participates in interpersonal conflict resolution with direction as needed.
4.      Demonstrates ENCORE! values.
5.      Participation is team oriented.

Communication and Accountability
1.      Routinely demonstrates ability to set priorities in order to complete the workload.  Coordinates work to achieve maximum productivity and efficiency during the assigned shift.
2.      Communicates problems to the primary nurse or charge nurse/clinical lead promptly.  Asks questions to clarify misunderstandings.  Requests assistance from appropriate personnel in the event of an unusually difficult situation.
3.      Offers assistance and provides direction to visitors, patients, physicians, and families in a concise, informative manner, maintaining a positive and courteous tone.
4.      Reports off at the end of the shift or when leaving the department.
5.      It is the expectation that all care providers document accurately and in real time, utilizing the electronic medical record within their department.
Maintains Safe & Pleasant Environment
1.      Places call light within reach of patient.
2.      Places be in low position with brake on after making bed (unless post-op bed).
3.      Maintains siderails in up position as indicated.
4.      Assists in preparation of patient rooms and admission and transfers.
5.      Orients patient to use of bed, call light, television, and telephone.
6.      Tidies patient rooms and over bed tables by removing used and unneeded items.
7.      Tidies non-patient care rooms as needed.
8.      Assists in stocking supplies as needed.
Meals and Nourishment
1.      Passes warm wash cloths prior to breakfast.
2.      Distributes drinking water and snacks to patients. 
3.      Maintains supply of cups in patient rooms and/or at patient bedside.
4.      Distributes and picks up trays in timely fashion.
5.      Assists in setting up meal trays and feeds appropriate patients.
6.      Positions patients as needed for meals.
7.      Records intake on I&O sheets if indicated.
8.      Follows patient fluid restrictions and calorie count orders.
9.      Assures patients receive correct meal selections in accordance with MD orders.
Patient Care
1.      Answers patient call lights and performs appropriate follow-up in a timely manner.
2.      Performs a.m. and p.m. care.
3.      Assists staff with positioning and patient mobility.
4.      Independently ambulate patients.
5.      Empties foley catheters, urinals, bedpans, commodes, urine hats and drains. 
6.      Record I&O as indicated.
7.      Assists patients to and from the bedside commode or bathroom. 
8.      Assists with bedpan placement as indicated, with follow-up care as necessary.
9.      Assists with patient discharges.
10.   Weighs patients as requested.
11.   Takes vital signs accurately and timely and reports to appropriate staff in a timely manner.
12.   May be required to perform point of care testing.
13.   Adheres to fall prevention plan.
14.   Adheres to lifting policy.
15.   Sets up traction.
16.   Places and maintains telemetry leads and monitors on patients as indicated.

Uncompromising medical excellence, delivered with the values of respect and compassion. Since 1922, Boulder Community Health has built our reputation on this promise. As a community-owned and operated not-for-profit hospital and clinics, we remain dedicated to meeting the evolving healthcare needs of our citizens and providing access to high quality medical care. Our state-of-the art facilities are home to many medical professionals who offer an extensive range of medical services.

 Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, adventure awaits you right outside your door. Big, beautiful vistas, serene snow-capped mountains, and a lifestyle conducive to enjoying the outdoors bring a truly fresh perspective to our practice of healthcare.

Surround yourself by natural beauty and an active, life-embracing community, while you enjoy state of the art facilities and equipment along with a competitive compensation and benefits package, including health/dental/life, paid annual leave, tuition reimbursement and much more.

 EOE/Affirmative Action/Drug-free workplace