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Job Summary

Main responsibilities-Nurse Assistant

Knowledge, Skills and Experience-Nurse Assistant job description

Nurse Assistant job description

To support qualified staff in the assessment of care needs and the development of programmes of care, delivering delegated aspects of care without direct supervision for a specific patient group.

 

To recognise and report with accuracy to qualified members of staff any changes in the patient’s conditions or circumstances appropriate to the degree of urgency.

 

Education And

Qualifications

NVQ 3 in Care or commitment to work towards NVQ3 in Care

 

Knowledge and Experience

Previous experience of

working in a care

environment

Awareness of mental

health issues

 

 

Skills and

Competencies

Team worker

Good communication skills

Good interpersonal skills

Self motivated

 

 

Personal

Characteristics

Demonstrates positive approach to people with mental health needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assist and support activity co-ordinator in the development of therapeutic daytime activities for patients with mental health needs.

 

Responsible for manual handling of patients/clients as required according to  policy and procedure, including use of appropriate equipment.

 

Participate as an active member of the nursing team in delivering, monitoring and evaluating care plans, implementing parts of the care plan as directed by qualified staff.

 

Complete factual, consistent and accurate records under the supervision of a registered nurse, including the making of entries in the nursing care records.

Comply with and demonstrate by example how to meet the requirements of Health and Safety, Fire and other legislation and  policy and procedure.

 

 

Policy and Service Development

Follow policy for own role. May be asked to comment on service change, proposals and changes in working practices and procedure.

 

Financial and Physical Resources

Lists and records patient’s cash and valuables on admission and discharge, ensuring safe provision for same if patient vulnerable. Will handle patient’s cash when assisting patients with shopping.

 

Human Resources

Will demonstrate workplace routines and activity to new starters from the direction of the qualified nurse.

 

 

Information Resources

Will document and record patient observation and test results. Report and record patient information using the appropriate systems e.g. Health and Safety reports.

 

 

Record and report patient observations in care plans to ensure

maintenance of accurate and up to date records.

Patient/Client Care

Assist in the provision of high quality person-centred care to people with a mental illness ensuring individual needs are recognised and met.

 

Comply with the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and work within the Code of Practice guidelines.

 

Undertake assigned duties with patients regarding Observation Policy as directed by qualified staff according to  policy and procedure.

 

Perform, report and record a variety of clinical observations explaining process and reassuring patient.

 

Undertake escorting of in-patients to social, domestic and clinical settings.

 

 

 

 

 

Research and Development

Complete staff survey, participate in audit/research as necessary including literature searches.

 

 

Freedom to Act

May work without direct supervision as required on predetermined clinical interventions.

 

Will be expected to use own initiative with duties assigned by qualified nurse.

 

Maybe required to action certain critical / emergency situations in line with policy procedures without the guidance of the nurse in charge until assistance can be gained.

 

 

Communications and Relationships

Responsible for the development and maintenance of good channels of communication with colleagues and members of the multi disciplinary team

Communicate effectively with patients/carers including the use of alternative means of communication as indicated by individual patient/carer need

When qualified nurse is busy, will triage incoming communications to unit, by phone or personal visit, assisting urgency of same and taking appropriate response.

 

May receive sensitive information from patient’s carers regarding patient’s physical or mental health, which would need to be relayed accurately and promptly to registered nurse.

 

Will use tact, diplomacy and persuasion to enable patients to follow elements of care planning, due to the nature of the client group.

 

Will be empathetic to carer’s needs at all times, whilst maintaining confidentiality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effort and Environment

Will assist patient movement with the use of mechanical aids and help manoeuvre patients including wheelchairs both within the unit and on escort

Use controlled restraint on patients within  guidelines.

 

Stand/walk for the majority of the shift.

 

Assist patients with personal skills (i.e. Dressing, hygiene, toilet needs)

involving bending, kneeling, twisting.