Clinical Associate - 16 Hours

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Location: Winchester, MA
Job ID: 172197-1A
Date Posted: Jan 20, 2022
Category: Clinical Support

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Winchester Hospital, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Winchester Hospital was the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. It has since received the recognition a fourth time. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery.

 

About the Job

 

JOB SUMMARY:         

Working under the direction of a nurse, this position contributes to the Hospital’s mission by performing basic procedures necessary to provide for the care, comfort and safety of patients.  This clinical staff position will have an impact on quality of care and patient satisfaction by providing for their physical and emotional needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience

Required:

High school diploma or G.E.D.

 

Must have/be one of the following:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Nursing student with completion of one medical-surgical clinical rotation
  • Three months clinical care experience   

 

Other Skills/Knowledge:

Required: For safety and quality reasons, must be able to read, write and communicate effectively in English with patients, visitors and fellow members of the hospital team

Preferred: Basic computer skills

                

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, CERTIFICATIONS

Preferred: Certified Nursing Assistant

                                   

LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATION REQUIRED:

 Basic Life Support

           

POPULATION SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS:     

 The population specific requirements differ based on the patients cared for on the unit:

           

 

Neonate

Infant

Children

Adolescent (age 13 to 18)

Adult

Geriatric

A1

 

 

 

X

X

X

A3

 

 

 

 

X

X

A4

X

X

X

X

X

X

B2 Med/Surg

 

 

 

 

X

X

B3 Med/Surg/Oncology

 

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

C3

 

 

 

X

X

Float Pool:

 

    ICU Float

 

 

 

X

X

    Med Surg Float

 

 

 

X

X

X

Intensive Care Unit

 

 

 

X

X

X

Mother/Baby Unit

X

X

 

X

X

 

 

OTHER JOB REQUIREMENTS:

Schedule requirements:  Based on department needs

Travel requirements:   Based on department needs

 

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to the Nurse Manager in most units.  Float Pool Clinical Associates report to the Patient Placement Supervisor
  • Works under the direction of a nurse
  • Does not supervise others

 

JOB FUNCTIONS:

Consistent with the PROMISE principles and inherent in a hospital environment, employees must be flexible in meeting patients’ and the Hospital’s needs. While the list below describes the primary functions of this job, all employees at Winchester Hospital need to recognize that an essential element of their job is the ability to respond to unanticipated and/or changing situations.  This may result in assuming responsibilities or tasks which are not on this list.

 

As part of the Patient Care Services team, this position:

 

  • Provides quality and safe patient care under the direction of a nurse, utilizing compassion, empathy, and respect to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to achieve expected outcomes.
  • Welcomes and orients patients, family members and significant others to the environment.
  • Contributes to meeting the patient’s physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs.
  • Observes patients and reports findings and/or concerns to nurse in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates purposeful rounding and promptly responds to call lights to ensure patient safety and satisfaction.
  • Performs required tasks including but not limited to:
    • Assisting with activities of daily living
    • Repositioning and ambulating patients
    • Making  an occupied and unoccupied bed
    • Assisting in transporting patients, beds, supplies and equipment
    • Collecting, labeling and transporting specimens
    • Retrieving and signing out blood products
    • Accurately performs point of care testing
    • Obtains vital signs and weights
    • Maintains accurate intake and output measurements
    • Removes Foley catheters and saline locks
    • Maintains a clean and safe work environment to enhance patient satisfaction and a culture of safety.
    • Sets up/breaks down rooms, ensuring expedient turnaround time. 
    • Assists in post-mortem care in a respectful manner
    • Documents accurately, legibly and timely
    • Assists with procedures
  • Appropriately follows the chain of command and adheres to hospital policies and procedures.
  • Informs patients and family members throughout the patients’ experience.
  • Communicates effectively with the healthcare team utilizing established handoff procedures.  Gives and accepts respectful feedback to enhance teamwork.
  • Minimizes preventable harm events and consistently executes the infection control protocols.  Incorporates the Culture of Safety tools in daily practice, adhering to quality and safety guidelines and communicating near-miss or potential risks.
  • Coordinates work schedule with departmental supervisor to provide coverage and maintain safe staffing levels.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment to enhance patient satisfaction and a culture of safety.

 

  • Maintains appropriate supplies at the bedside and on the unit, addressing inventory issues in a timely manner.
  • Responds to equipment issues in a timely manner to ensure availability of equipment and to maximize its useful life.
  • Functions effectively in patient crisis situations and utilizes emergency resources. 
  • Assists in preparation of patient for transport to appropriate level of care.
  • Maximizes patient throughput to minimize wait time.
  • Adheres to the Magnet standards of professional development and clinical practice.

 

DEPARTMENT SPECIFIC JOB FUNCTIONS:

The functions performed in the various nursing units may differ depending on the patient population.  Clinical Associates are responsible to meet all applicable competencies.

Some units may perform additional duties such as:

 

  • EKGs
  • Blood draws

 

Shift

Part Time

Day

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  Beth Israel Lahey Health Performance Network is a unified joint contracting and population health management organization, jointly governed by participating physicians and hospitals.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.