Nurse Assistant Orthopedics Unit - 36 Hours/Week Day Shift

229080 Requisition #

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. 



Unit 4400 is a 36 bed Orthopedic and Neurosurgery Unit. We see patients that are undergoing elective or emergent surgery for total joint replacement, fracture fixation, and spinal fusion/decompression. We also utilize an Ortho Rapid Recovery unit to provide quick throughput for certain surgical patients for same-day discharges, working closely with Physical Therapy and our Physicians to provide this service.

Patient Care Activities:
  • Provides a clean, comfortable and safe patient environment
  • Baths
  • Oral Care
  • Hair Care
  • Grooming and shaving
  • Linen changes
  • Skin care as directed
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Feeds infant with a bottle and nipple per direction
  • Sets up breast pump
  • NICU – performs gavage feeding of infants under the direction of the RN, (does not place the tube or do residual checks)
Specimen Collection:
  • Performs capillary heel stick to obtain specimens
  • Performs urine tests for blood sugar, acetone, albumin


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
  • CNA preferred
  • Completion of a Nurse Assistant program (titles for similar programs may vary; e.g.,
  • Patient Care Technician (PCT) or Patient Assistant Technician (PAT) but perform the same job role.)
  • OR May be 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.
  • OR Completion of a Medical Assistant program with OR without experience.
  • OR At least one (1) year of previous experience in an NA, PCT, PAT, or similar job role.
  • Complete BLS Heartsaver Certification during orientation.


       Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health is a

       $6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

       including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

       other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

       now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

       of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

       health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s  

       major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

       remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

       education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

       in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

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