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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4111 - Certified Nursing Associate

Job Description

FLSA STATUS:    Non-Exempt
GRADE:    108

Under immediate supervision; performs work of routine difficulty by performing a variety of duties relating to the direct care of residents at the Care Center; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class provide nursing assistant care to residents of the Care Center.  While emphasis is on resident care, employees are also required to maintain resident quarters in a clean and orderly condition.  Immediate supervision is provided by Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.
•    Answers call lights.
•    Changes, feeds, and bathes residents.
•    Attends to other personal and grooming needs such as combing hair, trimming nails, brushing teeth, and passing bedpans.
•    Transfers residents to and from commode, bed, and wheelchair using proper technique and body mechanics.
•    Uses mechanical lift as required.
•    Transports residents throughout the Care Center.
•    Passes meal trays to residents and provides feeding assistance as needed.
•    Takes residents' temperatures and vital signs.
•    Participates in the restorative nursing programs under the direction of the Certified Nursing Rehab Assistants.
•    Performs passive range of motion as ordered.
•    Turns and positions residents as care plan requires.
•    Helps residents prepare for therapy, doctor’s visits, beauty salon services, or any other special events.
•    Notes any unusual changes in residents condition.
•    Empties and cleans urinals and bedpans.
•    Empties dirty linen cart, keeps linen and utility areas clean and in order.
•    Performs incontinence checks on  residents as care plan requires.
•    Provides basic skin care.
•    Applies non-prescription ointments and cold and hot packs.
•    Give back rubs.
•    Assists nurses in changing dressings.
•    Greets visitors and directs them to residents.
•    Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.                                                              

•    Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
•    Depending on assignment, may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
•    Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
•    Certified nursing assistant practices
•    Health care sanitation, hygiene and medical treatment
•    First aid, safety, and feeding techniques
•    Anatomy and physiology
•    Physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques
•    Current office practices, procedures and equipment
•    County policies and procedures
•    Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
•    Executing nursing assistant practices and procedures
•    Keeping records and making reports

Ability to:
•    Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
•    Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
•    Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
•    Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
•    Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
•    Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
•    Convey excellent oral and written communication
•    Work effectively under stress
•    Maintain confidentiality
•    Act as a team leader
•    Follow directions and work as a team player
•    Establish and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, residents and their families, other county personnel and the public
•    Operate tools and equipment listed


Completion of a High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Heavy Work: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach with hands and/or arms to provide personal care, push and/or pull with hands and/or arms, use fingers and both hands for fine motor control required for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), crouch or stoop, intact hearing, smell and sight; and lift and transfer a maximum of 50 pounds independently.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work environment for this position regularly includes working with residents and attending to their daily needs. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to quiet.

Completion of the State of Illinois Certified Nurse’s Aide Training program and a passing score on the State of Illinois Competency test; registered as active with a clear record on the State of Illinois registry.