Nurse Assistant - Full Time/Part Time (36hrs and 24hrs)

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Under the direction and supervision of the responsible Registered Nurse (RN), performs specific patient care duties to meet safety and comfort needs of the patient.

Provides input to assist the RN in planning and implementing patient care.

Responds to emergent situations according to established procedures.

Recognizes and participates in own continuing education.

The Nurse Assistant follows the Henry Ford Health System Team Member Standards of Excellence in all interactions.




  • Maintains effective, professional, and appropriate communication during all patient, family encounters and healthcare team member interactions.
  • Actively participates in Obtaining RN shift report, Peer handoffs, Bedside handoff 
  • Identifies concerns related to patients, staff, and self, and communicates with the responsible RN.
  • Actively participates in the shared governance process to promote nursing and team practice.
  • Maintains commitment to peers evidenced by healthy communication principles and positive problem solving.





  • As directed, assists the RN in admitting, transferring and discharging of patients.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to patients’ comfort and privacy and is engaged in patients’ care.
  • Answers patient questions, and explains procedures when performing.
  • Provides personal care assistance to patients, including bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility, comfort and transportation.
  • Provides therapeutic patient care under the supervision and/or direction of the RN, to include the following duties (per business unit process):
  • Measures, documents and reports vital signs, Collects, labels, and documents specimens at bedside, Gives non-medicated enemas, Changes colostomy bags, Assists with restraints, unsterile dressings, warm and cold packs, Follows proper isolation techniques and procedures, Assists with oral care, Performs venipuncture and chemsticks.
  • Performs EKGs
  • Routine rounding on patients assigned when not directly engaged in patient care tasks.
  • Performs purposeful rounding according the unit standards.
  • Maintains safe and clean patient room environment. Keeps room free from clutter, Cleans bedside tables, Maintains room free from excess supplies and linen. 
  • Maintains cleanliness of other assigned areas.
  • Makes necessary supply deliveries to patient rooms and ancillary departments.
  • Performs other related duties as required within scope of practice.
  • Must practice the customer service Standards of Excellence.



Quality and Safety:


  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients/families in accordance with HFHS standards.
  • Recognizes and responds to emergencies and alarms and immediately communicates situation to appropriate persons.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient and unit care data.
  • Performs general clerical duties as assigned.
  • Ensures an adequate stock of patient care supplies, proper functioning maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
  • Documents patient care provided.
  • Provides 1:1 patient care for patient safety as assigned


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Completion of a Nurse Assistant program with or without experience in the Nurse Assistant role or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA-preferred) with or without experience in the Nurse Assistant role OR currently enrolled in a nursing program and have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Nursing course or foreign trained and licensed RN who has relocated to the United States and does not hold a Michigan RN license.


  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) preferred or are currently enrolled in a nursing program and have successfully completed Fundamentals of Nursing or successfully completed the Henry Ford Health System Nurse Assistant Program.
  • Complete BLS Heartsaver Certification during orientation.
  • Must meet or exceed core customer service responsibilities, standards and behaviors as outlined in the HFHS’ Customer Service Policy and summarized below: Communication  Ownership, Understanding, Motivation, Sensitivity, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect
  • Must practice the customer skills as provided through on-going training and in-services.
  • Must possess the following personal qualities: Be self-directed, Be flexible and committed to the team concept, Demonstrate teamwork, initiative and willingness to learn, Be open to new learning experiences, Accepts and respects diversity without judgment, Demonstrates customer service values


  • Physical ability to lift and move patients, supplies and equipment.
  • Works in patient care area environment which may include exposure to communicable diseases, unpleasant odors, acute patient conditions, potential exposure to infection, hazardous gases.
  • Prolonged standing, walking, and lifting of patients, supplies and equipment.

NURSE ASSISTANT TASK LIST Patient Care Activities:

  • Hygiene Provides a clean, comfortable and safe patient environment
  • Baths Oral Care Hair Care Grooming and shaving
  • Linen changes Skin care as directed
  • Elimination Assists with elimination needs Administers enemas (non-medicated)
  • Empties and changes ostomy bags on patients with healed stomas
  • Performs perineal care and incontinence care
  • Changes diapers Empties urinary catheter as directed
  • Applies and empties fecal containment devices, per business unit process
  • Applies condom catheters Vital Measurements Temperature, pulse and respiration
  • Blood Pressure Intake & Output Pulse Oximetry Height and weight
  • Presence of pain per business unit process
  • Collects Specimens (per business unit process)
  • Venipuncture Blood Glucometer Urine Stool Sputum Nasogastric Secretions
  • Food and Nutrition Feeds patients
  • Documents food intake Prepares full strength tube feeding under the supervision of the RN: fills and labels the feed bag; does not connect tube feeding, perform placement checks or do residual checks.

Activity/Exercise (as directed):

  • Ambulates patients Turns and positions patients in a comfortable position
  • Transfers patients from bed to chair and bed to stretcher
  • Assists in transportation of patients from department to department as directed
  • Safety Cares for patients in isolation
  • Reports patient findings and observations to the RN Reports abnormal findings
  • Assists the Unit Care team in all emergency situations
  • Reapplies restraints per the direction of the RN and completes safety checks
  • Other Tasks (under direction of RN and per business unit process): EKG Places telemetry leads
  • Applies heat and cold, antiembolic devices, and sequential compression devices per direction of the RN
  • Changes non sterile dressings under the direction of the RN Post mortem care
  • Prepares room for admission
  • Assists in patient discharge as directed Participates in the care of patient belongings Communication: Maintains patient privacy and confidentiality
  • Answers call lights Greets patients and visitors
  • Informs the patient of what they are going to do for the patient
  • Obtains report form the RN and gives report to the RN
  • Obtains help for the patient and reports patient complaints promptly
  • Assists in collection of information upon direction
  • Management of Supplies and Materials Assures that supplies are available
  • Stocks materials to areas identified by the unit
  • Assures that equipment is functioning properly Assures that equipment is clean and stored in the correct place Maternal Child Health Areas Infants
  • Vital Measurements Measures weights with an infant scale Measures head circumference
  • Obtains vital signs of infants (does not perform Rectal Temps)
  • Nutrition Feeds infant with a bottle and nipple per direction


       Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health

       care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education.  The system includes

       the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health

       insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory

       network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a

       full continuum of care.  In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care.

       The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600

       employees.  Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.  The

       health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III.  To learn more, visit


       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness

       and access to day care services at Bright Horizons Midtown Detroit, and a whole host of other

       benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not eligible for benefits.    

      Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

        Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health System is

        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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