State of Massachusetts Nursing Assistant I - PIPELINE in Tewksbury, Massachusetts

The Department of Public Health's Tewksbury Hospital operates a 370 bed Joint Commission accredited hospital. Approximately 220 complex chronic adult patients reside on 7 inpatient units. A full range of ancillary services is available at the site, including 24/7 nursing, medicine, and psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory, psychology, radiology, respiratory care, speech pathology, OT, PT, clinical dieticians, clinical social workers, pharmacy and on-site dialysis.

The certified Nursing Assistant I provides basic direct care to patients between 20-100 years of age as taught in orientation and as defined by standards, policy and procedure. The CNA maintains a clean, comfortable and safe environment for patients. Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

*Relates to patients appropriately being sensitive to their needs and wishes.

*Understands and maintains confidentiality of patient information.

*Participates in Unit and Patient Care Planning Meeting.

*Assists all nursing staff in caring for groups of patients using learned procedures, and with concern for safety and infection control practices.

*Understands and uses correct body mechanics in relation to patient care and self, lifts safely.

*Meets the patients' personal hygiene needs by care of mouth, teeth (including dentures) hair, nails and feet.

*Administers all types of baths; complete and partial bed bath, tub bath.

*Provides good skin care including back care.

*Provides and removes bedpans and urinals; assists patient in use of commodes.

*Makes occupied, unoccupied beds.

*Assists the patient in walking to and from the bed, chair and bathroom and on and off a stretcher or wheelchair.

*Knows how to position patients correctly using proper body alignment.

*Knows how to weigh patients using mechanical weighing apparatus and measures height.

*Uses special equipment such as Hoyer lift, Surgi lift, chair and bed scale etc.

*Uses equipment safely such as siderails and restraint appropriately.

*Uses equipment properly; bedboards, cradles, air/foam mattresses, floatation pads, foot stools, etc.

*Collects routine urine and stool specimens.

*Takes TPR's; reports results to licensed staff.

Immediately reports all unusual observations about a patient to the nurse.

*Provides a proper environment for patient at mealtimes, assists feeding, and records intake properly. Provides fluids and "snacks" as required.

*Documents care on ADL Sheet, I & O, Turning & Positioning Record.

*Practices Universal Precautions and follows policies and procedures for disposal of contaminated and biohazardous waste.

*Answers patient call lights and responds to patient requests as appropriate to job requirements.

*Assists in post mortem care.

*Knows role in Medical Emergencies, (including Heimlich Maneuver), Fire, Bomb Threat and Disaster Procedures.

*Compliance with all applicable state and federal laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations which govern the privacy and confidentiality of information about patient.

Preferred Qualifications:

Certification (CNA) required. Computer competence including basic keyboarding/typing capability, able to utilize mouse, ability to maintain multiple passwords, basic email capability, ability to perform basic web-based navigation and searches using a keyboard, experience with Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, and experience opening media type files (movies, music).


32 hour/week positions on 1st/day, 2nd/evening or 3rd/night shifts. Every other week-end rotation required.

Pre-Offer Process:

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate(s) as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit:

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

Customer Service: 978-851-7321 x1992155

Please be advised that you have applied to a “Pipeline Posting.” Pipeline postings are used for high volume positions which require continuous hiring. Candidates who apply to this posting will remain active in the “pipeline” for 90 days and will be considered as openings arise. Although we cannot guarantee every candidate will be considered, as selection is based on job availability and individual staffing needs of the agency, candidates are strongly encouraged to reapply after 90 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements: None Special Requirements: None

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Direct Care

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Nursing Assistant I - PIPELINE

Location: Massachusetts-Tewksbury-365 East Street

Requisition ID: 170000ID