Unit Assistant - Resource Pool - Full Time Nights at Northeast Georgia Health System, Inc. in Gainesville, Georgia

Posted in Other 13 days ago.





Job Description:

Improving the health of our community in all we do

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS)is a non-profit community health system on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega - with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. NGHS also encompasses Northeast Georgia Physicians Group, a multi-specialty group with more than 65 locations, and The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a cardiology practice with more than 15 locations.

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This Unit Assistant position is Full Time Nights.

Schedule: 7:00pm - 7:00am, 3 12 hour shifts per week. Days of the week vary with every other weekend rotation.

Location: NGMC Resource Pool Department (must be able to float to all campuses Barrow, Braselton, Gainesville, & Lumpkin)

Department Overview:

The Resource Pool provides:
  • Direct and non-direct patient care support for the Patient Care Services (PCS) division of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center
  • Licensed and non-licensed staff to supplement unit staffing for call outs and in circumstances of increased census and/or acuity
  • Medical observers for patients requiring observation for safety needs

Job Summary:

A non-licensed, staff member who is trained to be flexible in a variety of nursing support and transport duties. Performs a variety of clinical tasks including, but not limited to nursing units, cleaning and stocking of patients' rooms and other unit areas, and direct patient care within the scope of defined practice. Functions under the direct supervision of the shift primary nurse. Cares for patients in the adolescent, adult, and geriatric age groups. Performs clinical duties in accordance with population specific guidelines and adheres to National Patient Safety Goals as outlined in policy and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Georgia Certified Nursing Assistant or successful completion of Fundamentals of Nursing Course if a nursing student
  • Basic Life Support Certification through the American Heart Association preferred
  • Two years of patient care experience in hospital setting preferred

We're looking for someone who:
  • Admits mistakes and shortcomings
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Takes Initiative
  • Empathetic
  • Promotes Teamwork
  • Adapts to Change

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:
  • Obtains and reports basic patient physiological data (such as vital signs, weight, skin condition, color, and character of urine and stool).
  • Utilizes proper body mechanics, provides for positioning, mobility hygiene, ADL, and/or comfort needs according to procedure and direction.
  • Monitors p.o. intake and urine output, recording amount on appropriate forms.
  • Promptly identifies and reports physical and mental status changes to licensed staff assigned to the patient.
  • Organizes patient care and sets appropriate priorities by implementing physician and nursing orders within prescribed time frames.
  • Performs therapeutic procedures within the parameters of the job description; reporting patients' response to supervising nurse.
  • Makes frequent rounds to patients' room in addition to responding without prompting to patient call lights, instituting appropriate actions.
  • Orients patient/family/SO to unit & room. Greets patient & family in a positive pleasant manner with each encounter.
  • Explains procedure or care to be provided to patient prior to start of procedure.
  • Accurately & timely records patient data and forwards to supervisory staff within established time frames.
  • Attains proficiency with all required IT systems to support the clinical staff & accurate documentation of patient care.
  • Promptly answers patient intercom and responds by: directing patient's request to appropriate staff, filling requests as defined by Unit routine, following up with patient/family to be sure request was completed.
  • Performs emergency procedures (i.e. CODE, fire, or disaster codes) according to policy.
  • Enters requests for needed supplies/services, places transport courier printouts in designated area (i.e. SPD, Medical Records, blood pickup, ambulance services, etc.)
  • Initiates the following actions to complete the paperwork when a patient is discharged: discharges the patient in the Epic system, completes housekeeping D/C sheets (on applicable units), and ensures completeness of D/C'd patient's chart before sending to HIMs.
  • Contributes to patient safety by: utilization of Universal Precautions for all patients, careful adherence to NGHS Hand Hygiene policy, providing a safe patient environment (i.e. call light within reach, side-rails up, etc.), obtaining and restocking isolation supplies for patients in Infection Precautions, and completing and documenting equipment cleaning responsibilities as well as maintaining properly functioning equipment. Promptly reports equipment issues to charge nurse.
  • Places supplies from storeroom in designated areas, as appropriate.
  • Notifies appropriate departments of needed repairs and follows through on requests.
  • Distributes linen and ice to patient as needed in addition to frequently offering refreshments as patient's diet permits.
  • Performs patient transport functions as needed by the unit.
  • Cleans and restocks the nursing district offices and treatment room.
  • Prepares room for new admissions. Ensures PPE on the back of the door, bed is turned down, and any appropriate supplies or equipment is available for the incoming patient.
  • Orients patient/family/SO to unit & room. Greets patient & family in a positive pleasant manner with each encounter.
  • Answers the telephone in a polite and courteous manner: Screens and refers all calls appropriately to ensure accurate communication, refers all calls to leave orders for patient care to licensed staff, and relays telephone, verbal, and written requests accurately to the appropriate individual (s).
  • Maintains patient's chart by: thinning charts as needed, replenishing forms as needed, and placing reports on appropriate chart location.
  • Makes recommendations to unit Director for purchase of new equipment of supplies as appropriate.
  • Completes daily/weekly requisitions to accurately reflect the unit's needs.
  • Daily records refrigerator temperature on appropriate sheet.
  • Maintains printers by changing toner, replenishing paper and reporting problems to information systems.
  • Replaces telemetry batteries according to unit.
  • Replaces glove boxes and disinfectant wipes in patient rooms when supply is low.
  • Participates in staff meeting with no more than two absences.
  • Reads and responds to e-mails in timely manner.
  • Exhibits flexibility in scheduling to meet department staffing needs.
  • Completes unit specific annual competency assessment requirements (Success Factors & Clinical Competency Checklist) within specific timelines.

Physical Demands:
  • Frequently lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Frequently carrying up to 20 lbs
  • Frequent kneeling/stooping/bending
  • Frequent standing/walking
  • Frequent pushing/pulling

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Since first opening its doors in Gainesville in 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center has added hospital campuses in Braselton, Barrow and Dahlonega - and become Georgia's most awarded hospital. Some recognitions include being named to these lists:

America's 50 Best Hospitals- Healthgrades

100 Top Hospitals- Truven Health Analytics

100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs- Beckers Hospital Review

America's Top Quality Providers- Carechex

Atlanta's Top 150 Workplaces- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Healthcare's Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems- Hospitals & Health Networks magazine

NGMC has also been recognized in recent years as Georgia's #1 Hospital for overall hospital care, overall surgical care, heart care, orthopedic surgery, women's care and more.