he Neuroscience Stepdown Unit is an AACN Beacon award winning 16-bed level II unit organized to provide highly skilled medical and nursing care to acutely ill and injured patients. The focus of the unit is to provide the necessary monitoring of those patients requiring specialized nursing care and medical treatment for neurological illnesses and injuries on a 24 hour, seven-day week basis.
The unit provides specialized care for patients requiring comprehensive neurological assessments, hemodynamic monitoring, maintenance of blood pressure, and other treatments that are necessary to treat the complex neuro patient. Managing physicians include Neurosurgery, Medical Teaching Service (MTS), and Internal Medicine Group (IMG). The staff collaborates with multiple disciplines including care coordination, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, respiratory therapy, dietician, spiritual care, and pharmacists to meet the needs of this population.
The Nursing Assistant I performs general patient care to patients under the direction and supervision of the Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
· High school graduate or equivalent
Must obtain BLS/HealthCare Provider certification within 30 days of hire
· Assists patient with hygiene, mobility, hydration, elimination and nutritional needs.
· Provides routine treatments and maintains a safe, clean, neat, and organized patient environment.
· Maintains safety and security of patients, families, self, and other members of the healthcare team.
· Assures patient privacy, rights, and confidentiality.
· Follows standard precautions, always washes hands between patients.
· Assists with admission, transfer, and discharge of patients.
· Takes and records temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rates, food and fluid intake and output as directed.
· Obtains data and accurately documents pertinent patient information according to Orlando Health specific policies and guidelines.
· Recognizes and communicates appropriate information and safety concerns regarding the patient's condition to the RN and or other members of the healthcare team.
· Participates in hand off report and purposeful hourly rounding of patients.
· Provides exceptional service and or care to all patients, families, customers and team members.
· Demonstrates competency in specific tasks and skills as defined by Orlando Health and unit specific competencies.
· Maintains a clean, neat, safe and organized nursing unit.
· Receives and processes incoming phone calls, patient call lights and guest requests.
· Transports and delivers items, equipment, blood products, and medications (excluding controlled substances and IV chemotherapy drugs) throughout the facility.
· May have limited access to areas storing medications.
· Maintains reasonably regular, punctual attendance consistent with Orlando Health policies, the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
· Maintains compliance with all Orlando Health policies and procedures.
Other Related Functions
· Enthusiastically supports and participates in planned changes.
· Participates in nursing Performance Improvement activities as assigned.
· Demonstrates awareness of legal issues, patient rights and compliance with the standards of regulatory and accrediting agencies.
· Consistently utilizes time and resources effectively and efficiently.
· Attends hospital, unit staff meetings and in-services according to policy.
· Completes all mandatory training.
· Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide appropriate care based on principles of growth and development over the life span.
· Possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs.