Certified Nurse Assistant

Med/Surg · Portales, New Mexico
Department Med/Surg
Employment Type PRN
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $10.50 - $12.00/hour DOE

Job Summary 

Assist patients with activities of daily living, provide basic nursing care to non-acutely ill patients and assist in maintenance of a safe and clean environment under the direction and supervision of the Registered Nurse in charge of the team and/or unit.

Essential Functions

  • Promote the mission, vision, and values of the organization
  • Provide basic nursing care to non-acutely ill patients within the Nursing Assistant’s scope of practice that includes actions that meet psychosocial needs and physical needs.
  • Provide general aspects of care that meet psychosocial or physical needs or both simultaneously, within the Nursing Assistant’s scope of practice.
  • Meet communication needs of patients.
  • Demonstrate performance reflecting the initiative and responsibility expected of a Nursing Assistant.
  • Assist in admission, transfer, and discharge of patient.
  • Perform basic patient care responsibilities considering needs specific to the standard of care for patient’s age.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate to the RN any observed changes in patient status and responses. 
  • Maintain awareness of the needs of the pediatric, geriatric, and general patient population.
  • Demonstrate ability to assist with feeding patients and maintaining fluid balance with technique appropriate for patient’s age and physical condition.
  • Provide explanation to patient and family prior to administering care to patient; answer questions within scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform treatments and provide services within scope of practice.
  • Communicate appropriately and clearly to team leader, co-workers, and physicians.
  • Consult other departments as appropriate to provide for an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs.
  • Provide care appropriate to condition and age of the patient, including pediatric, geriatric and general population.
  • Demonstrate an ability to assist physicians with procedures and perform services requiring technical and manual skills under the direction of an RN.
  • Demonstrate an ability to be flexible, organized, and function under stressful situations.
  • Respond to patient in emergency or physically distressful situations.
  • Treat patients and their families with respect and dignity; ensure patient confidentiality.
  • Interact professionally with patient/family and involve patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
  • Maintain a good working relationship both within the department and with other departments.
  • Meet current documentation standards and policies and complete within shift.
  • Manage and operate equipment safely and correctly.
  • Coordinate and supervise patient care under the direct supervision of an RN.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disease entities.
  • Ensure that medical and surgical asepsis is carried out during treatments and special procedures. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Professional Requirements

  • Adhere to dress code, appearance is neat and clean.
  • Complete annual education requirements.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Report to work on time and as scheduled.
  • Wear identification while on duty.
  • Maintain regulatory requirements, including all state, federal, and local regulations.
  • Represent the organization in a positive and professional manner at all times.
  • Comply with all organizational policies and standards regarding ethical business practices.
  • Communicate the mission, ethics, and goals of the organization.
  • Participate in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities.
  • Attend regular staff meetings and in-services.


  • Successful completion of certified nursing assistant program or ability to obtain certification within six (6) months of hire
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification or must be obtained within thirty (30) days of hire
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification preferred
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification preferred 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Knowledge of patient services
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to determine appropriate course of action in more complex situations
  • Ability to work independently, exercise creativity, be attentive to detail, and maintain a positive attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple and simultaneous responsibilities and to prioritize scheduling of work
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all medical, financial, and legal information
  • Ability to complete work assignments accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to handle difficult situations involving patients, physicians, or others in a professional manner 

Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions 

  • Working irregular hours including call hours
  • Physically demanding, high-stress environment
  • Exposure to blood and body fluids, communicable diseases, chemicals, radiation, and repetitive motions
  • Pushing and pulling heavy objects
  • Full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients
  • Position requires light to moderate work with 50 pounds maximum weight to lift and carry.
  • Position requires reaching, bending, stooping, and handling objects with hands and/or fingers, talking and/or hearing, and seeing.

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  • Location
    Portales, New Mexico
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $10.50 - $12.00/hour DOE