General Summary of Position
Functions as a member of the patient-centered care team to provide direct patient care activities under the supervision of a Registered Nurse for assigned patients and their families/significant others. Utilizes the skills gained as a student in a Professional Nursing Degree program to assist the Registered Nurse and other members of the care team in the care of a group of assigned patients.
- Bachelor's degree Current Enrollment in Accredited Nursing Program Required
- Prior work experience not required
Licenses and Certifications
- BLS - Basic Life Support Upon Hire Required and
- CNA - Certified Nursing Assistant Washington, DC CNA not required; Maryland Sites Required
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Basic math skills. Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Assists the Registered Nurse with formulating, implementing, and organizing care interventions to a group of patients to provide safe and efficient environment, and in preparing patients for transfer or dischargeAssists patients with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and personal hygiene, including bathing, mouth care, dressing, skin care, positioning, meal assistance, ambulation, toileting, and range of motion activities. Assists with patient mobilization and rehabilitation, use of crutches and walkers, and transfer/transport of patients in wheelchairs and stretchers.Performs basic procedures such as simple dressing changes and wound care, urinary catheter care, perineal care, turning and positioning, post-mortem care, and transport.Collects specimens such as urine, sputum, and stool. Performs EKG, applies external telemetry monitoring boxes and devices.Obtains data and documents pertinent patient information including vital signs, height/weight, patient care activities, nutritional support and other patient care data or informationObtains information from patient interview, observation, and the patient record to assist the Registered Nurse in the total assessment of the patient.Reports actual and potential problems concerning patients, families, associates, and their departments to the Registered Nurse.Communicates effectively and works in collaboration with all members of the healthcare team.Rounds on all assigned patients based on established standards (e.g., hourly purposeful rounding). Reports actual and potential problems concerning patients/families, including changes in the patient's condition, to the Registered Nurse and other care team members as necessary. Ensures complete hand off to oncoming shift and obtains full hand off from outgoing shift.Participates in patient/family teaching as directed and responds to questions from patients, families and visitors in a prompt, courteous, and respectful manner, referring them to appropriate personnel if necessary.Provides patient safety attendant/ constant care companion functions as indicated by the Registered Nurse. Initiates and assists in CPR when indicated.Facilitates a positive patient experience based on MedStar Health's SPIRIT values; responds to questions from patient, families and significant others in a prompt, courteous, positive manner, referring them to appropriate personnel if necessary.Assists with transport of patients, specimens, equipment, and supplies as appropriate. Maintains patient privacy and confidentialityContributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations, and hospital/facility personnel policies.Demonstrates behavior consistent with MedStar mission, vision, goals, objectives, SPIRIT Values, and patient care philosophyAttends staff meetings, ongoing educational offerings, and participate in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams.Performs other duties as assigned.
Why MedStar Health?
At MedStar Health, we understand that our ability to treat others well begins with how we treat each other. We work hard to foster an inclusive and positive environment where our associates feel valued, connected, and empowered. We live up to this promise through:
- Strong emphasis on teamwork—our associates feel connected to each other and our mission as an organization. In return, our effective team environment generates positive patient outcomes and high associate satisfaction ratings that exceed the national benchmark.
- Comprehensive total rewards package—including competitive pay, generous paid time off, great health and wellness benefits, retirement savings, education assistance, and so much more.
- More career opportunities closer to home—as the largest healthcare provider in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region, there are countless opportunities to grow your career and fulfill your aspirations.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation, and research. Our team of 32,000 includes physicians, nurses, residents, fellows, and many other clinical and non-clinical associates working in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest home health provider in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar Health is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education, professional development, and personal fulfillment of our whole team. Together, we use the best of our minds and the best of our hearts to serve our patients, those who care for them, and our communities. It’s how we treat people.