Salary: $18.58-$22.69 hourly / $3,232-$3,946 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, provides nursing care and
administers prescribed medications and treatments to patients;
performs related tasks as assigned.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is assigned treatment
tasks requiring specialized training to assist physicians and
nursing staff, and to administer medications.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Conducts basic physical and mental status assessments; assists
patients in filling out various forms; records health history and
assesses medical status; establishes and documents a health care
plan under the supervision of a physician, Nurse Practitioner, or
Registered Nurse; carries out diagnostic procedures under physician
orders; provides instruction and education to patients for various
health problems and prevention, medical tests and procedures.
2. Performs various routine medical procedures such as giving
injections, ear lavage, cleaning wounds and changing dressings;
schedules medical tests and surgeries; administers medications;
draws blood and collects specimens such as urine, sputum, stool, and
throat cultures; conducts various routine tests such as TB skin
test, urinalysis and blood glucose; performs diagnostic tests such
as EKG's, pulmonary function, treadmill, and audiometry; arranges
for emergency medical care and removal of patient from the facility
3. Assures sufficient supplies and medication are available at all
times; makes routine inspections of medical equipment; maintains
daily logs, medical records and statistical data; in some cases may
act as a lead worker in the coordination of clinics.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Possession of a valid license as a Vocational
Nurse in the State of California.
Knowledge of: physical and mental health assessment techniques;
first aid procedures; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; the effects and
side effects of commonly used medications; general practice medicine
and medical terminology; standard diagnostic and medical equipment
Ability to: conduct health assessments; accurately document medical
records; perform diagnostic procedures; arrange for medical
referrals, tests and surgeries; perform standard medical procedures
and diagnostic assessments; educate and instruct patients regarding
various health problems and prevention, medical tests, and
procedures; establish good communication with patients, nursing
staff, and physicians.