Med/Surg-Nursing Assistant - PRN


Immediate Supervisor:Director of Inpatient/Specialty Services

Position Status:PRN

Hours per week:PRN



Assists licensed nursing personnel in giving patient care; caring for the person needs and  comfort of the patients.  Assists licensed nursing personnel in giving patient care; caring for  the person needs and comfort of the patients.


High school graduate or its equivalent.  Nursing Assistant classes (as offered at local Junior  Colleges) are preferred.

Six months work experience as  Nursing Assistant.

Hospital conducted orientation and in-service education.  Able to function proficiently in this  position in six months.


Job Knowledge: 

  • Basic awareness of the role of the community hospital in dealing with patients and
     their families during illnesses. 
  • Assists professional staff with patient care and tasks to insure efficient unit function in area assigned. 
  • Safety and infection control protocols for patients, visitors, and self. 
  • Able to care for all age patients at 100% competency level. 
  • The staff member must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on their assigned unit. 
  • The partner must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and process the ability to assess data reflective of the patients’ status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patients’ requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and to provide the care needed by the (neonate, pediatric, adolescent, or geriatric) patient group.
  • Knowledge of the hospital policies and procedures. 
  • Maintains CPR certification. 
  • Attends in-service education programs and unit meetings as described in the unit manual.
  • Must be proficient in computerized documentation.



Responsibility For:
Direct patient care: general personal care of patient (bathing, bed changing, feeding,  activity; vital signs as examples) as directed.  Reports all pertinent findings to RN staff.  Promotes the safety of self, staff and patients.  Ongoing patient and family education.   Completes all annual in-service training and competencies. 

Physical Demands:
Safely lifts weight over 50 pounds or more, frequently as with moving and lifting patients or  equipment; standing and walking most of time on duty. Utilizes lifting aids when appropriate.  Visual and auditory acuity; verbal communication clear/understandable. Utilizes lifting aids  when appropriate. 

Special Demands:
Ability to understand and follow directions; and that these directions may be from more  than one person. Plans the work load for the shift.  Organizational skills to complete  assigned tasks within appropriate time; promotes a positive public image of the unit and  Harrisburg Medical Center to patients, family members, and other staff.  Must be  dependable and punctual Dresses appropriately for work.  . Wears name badge at all times.

Representative Functions:                                                                 Percentage of Time
 1.  Assisting professional nursing staff in providing direct patient care.       70%

 2.  Performing delegated tasks to assure efficient unit function.                  30%