Special Requirement, Qualification, & Job Skills:
- Must have a current Washington State NAC or NAR License
- If NAR, must successfully complete WA State NAC test within the first 120 days of employment
- Fluent in reading, writing and speaking English
- Ability to communicate effectively with staff, residents, and visitors
- Ability to function on the unit independently
- Must be flexible, willing to accept various unit assignments or shift schedules
- Attend all in-services as directed
- Punctual and demonstrate good attendance
- Tactful, pleasant and courteous
- Neat, professional appearance
Most duties of a NAC/NAR fall into Bloodborne Pathogen risk category II, where duties entail predictable or unpredictable exposure to blood. Duties that do not entail exposure to blood will be identified as category III.
- At beginning of shift, report to unit manager for report and assignment. III
- Provide general resident care, including: bathing, shampoos, shaves, personal hygiene, oral care, nail care, skin care, hair care, and dressing.
- Take and record required vital signs and in-take/out-put levels.
- Collect specimens, such as urine, stool and sputum.
- Assist with after-death care.
- Assist residents with meal consumption. III
- Ensure resident has appropriate nourishment and fresh water. III
- Ensure appropriate positioning of resident, whether in bed or in a wheelchair.
- Ensure resident is kept clean and dry.
- Ensure resident is ready for scheduled appointments or therapy sessions.
- May occasionally be required to escort resident to outside appointment. III
- Assist resident with performing tasks at his/her highest physical functional level.
- Notify nurse of any significant change noted in resident’s behavior or functional level. III
- Keep resident’s room clean, neat and orderly; including making beds, watering flowers, discarding any garbage not already picked up by housekeeping.
- At the end of shift, provide report and compete required documentation. III
Mental and Physical Requirements:
Be capable of talking clearly and distinctly to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word. Must be able to relate to and work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset and at times, hostile residents. Must exhibit tolerance of frequent interruptions while performing assigned tasks. Must be able to perform tasks when under the direct scrutiny of State Agency personnel. When the census or staffing warrants, must be willing to change units while maintaining a professional attitude and manner.
Must have good hearing (or use prosthesis) to understand spoken conversation. Must have good vision, (or use corrective lenses) to see clearly for all required tasks. Requires walking, standing, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing. Must be capable of lifting 50 pounds. Must be able to walk up and down stairs in cases when the elevator is inoperable.
Work Environment and Equipment:
Work in well-lighted facility under fluorescent lights. Must be capable of working in a sometimes warm, though well-ventilated environment year round. Requires exposure to occasional unpleasant odors. Potentially subject to exposure of infectious waste and diseases. Must utilize Standard Precautions at all times.
Must be capable of learning how to use all equipment that will enhance safety for both the resident and you. Must be knowledgeable of proper lifting techniques (whether while using a mechanical transfer device or not) and general body mechanics, to help reduce potential job related injuries. Must understand the basic mechanical functions of a bed and a wheelchair. Must inform the licensed nurse and the maintenance department, as per policy, of any equipment that is mal-functioning.
Required Work Habits:
Must be reliable and dependable. Must demonstrate good initiative skills, have good problem solving ability, and ability to accept direction from other appropriate staff members. Must perform job duties as outlined and scheduled. Must read and follow facility policies and procedures. Must attend department in-services and mandatory facility meetings as scheduled.
This job description is not an employment contract. It in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or can be assumed to be a logical assignment to the position