Ability to read and write in order to complete requisition forms, comprehend and communicate complicated verbal and written instructions when scheduling patients for diagnostic tests and ordering prescribed meals, transcribe physicians orders accurately and legibly, and to perform basic arithmetic calculations in order to calculate intake and output and record patient weights and vital signs. This level is normally acquired through completion of high school.
State of Nebraska Certified Nursing Assistant certification required. Additional unit-specific knowledge is obtained through orientation, checklists and competency testing.
Basic Life Support
Approximately one month on-the-job experience necessary to gain knowledge of basic patient care procedures, to acquire and effectively utilize knowledge of unit procedures and schedules, become familiar with basic medical terminology and to appropriately operate computer charting system.
Interpersonal skills necessary in order to exchange factual information with patients, visitors, physicians and nursing personnel in a courteous manner, and to allay apprehensions of patients and visitors.
Ability to concentrate and pay attention to detail for up to 10% of work time when transcribing physicians orders and for up to 20% of work time when providing patient care.
Analytical skills necessary in order to prioritize clerical tasks, organize work, gather and interpret routine data regarding patient assessments, transports, and maintain routine records.