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Under medical or licensed nursing supervision, perform simple nursing tasks involved in the care of physically ill or disabled patients in a State correctional facility in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; assist the physician or nurse with examination and treatments of patients; motivate and assist patients in developing and utilizing their maximum potential for self-care; maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates, youthful offenders, or patients; protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; maintain security of work areas and work materials; and do other related work.
Provide care and attend to the physical needs of patients; bathe, dress, feed, clip nails, provide oral hygiene, and turn bed-ridden patients; assist with positioning, ambulating, and transferring patients; administer nonlegend topical preparations and foot soaks to unbroken skin; take and record blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration; take and record weight and height; measure and record the amount of intake and output of fluids; give cleaning and retention enemas and laxative suppositories; collect and label specimens of urine or feces for laboratory examination; observe and report clinical symptoms and behaviors; prepare patient for examination by physician; assist medical or licensed nursing staff before, during, and after patient's treatment program; escort patients to and from surgery, clinics, and other hospital units; perform basic cleaning in surgical area by cleaning instruments and equipment, and restocking supplies; assist with the application of topical dressings; administer basic life support in emergency situations; assist activity program for patients, i.e., bed, sitting, and ambulatory exercises; encourage patients to develop and maintain muscle tone and range of motion to increase ability to perform activities of daily living; assist and encourage patients in accepting and utilizing special devices and equipment prescribed for physical comfort and/or rehabilitation; assist in serving meals and special diets; sort, count, and distribute linen; keep patient and his/her clothing and bed clean; perform other tasks as required and as defined by the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 5, Chapter 2.5, Article 3, 71835 through 71841; maintain order and supervise the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; prevent escapes and injury of these persons, to themselves, to others, and to property; maintain security of work areas and work materials; and inspect premises and search inmates, youthful offenders, or patients for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.
Possession of a current Nursing Assistant Certificate issued by the Department of Health Services. and Six months of patient care experience as (1) a medical corpsman in a branch of the armed forces; (2) a practical vocational nurse under the direction of a doctor; or (3) an attendant caring for physically ill and/or disabled patients in a public or private institution.
Knowledge of: Routine techniques for bathing, feeding, lifting, and transporting patients, making beds, and caring for patients' clothing and other property; hospital routine and procedure; appropriate methods and attitudes for meeting the physical and psychosocial needs of physically ill and/or disabled patients; and basic first aid.
Ability to: Develop skills in the performance of routine hospital techniques of bathing, feeding, lifting, and transporting patients, making beds, and caring for patients' clothing and other property; assist medically trained personnel; communicate at the level required for successful job performance; keep simple records; follow oral and written directions; and analyze situations accurately and participate in an appropriate course of action.
Empathetic understanding of patients in a State correctional facility; willingness to work in a correctional facility in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and comply with safety and security procedures; and willingness to interact with staff and inmates or youthful offenders from a wide range of cultural backgrounds in a professional manner.
Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental, and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates or youthful offenders.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates or youthful offenders and/or the protection of personal and real property.
Education equivalent to completion of the 12th grade.