Covenant Health

Job Title
Student Nurse Associate
Peninsula, a Division of Parkwest Medical Center
Department Name




Student Nurse Associate, Unit B-Insight (Adult Psy. Population)



Unit B is an 87-bed unit, divided into two separate “Tracks.” Track 1 is a 44-bed area that cares primarily for adult patients with mood disorders and/or chemical dependency issues. Track 2 is a 43-bed area that cares primarily for adult patients with thought disorders and/or chemical dependency issues. Unit B is a busy and exciting area to work where you will be exposed to patients dealing with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions. Staff may also work on other units in the hospital, offering the opportunity to work with many different types of patients. The care team consists of physicians, therapists, discharge planners, registered nurses, psychiatric technicians, and others who work together to develop a comprehensive treatment outline and care plan. We have a great team on the unit who all work together to provide excellent care for our patients in a safe, therapeutic environment.This unit creates a 6-week schedule which is released two weeks before the schedule starts.  Staff preferences are considered and may be accommodated when they align with the overall staffing needs of the unit and facility.



Position Summary: Performs a wide variety of patient care activities and supportive services under the supervision of a registered nurse.



  1. Demonstrates competence in performing critical skills (Student Nurse Associate Core Competency checklist) to include appropriate delivery of care according to age-specific needs of the population served.
  2. Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressure, weight, height and intake-output measurements. Documents oxygen saturation if patient is connected to continuous pulse oximetry.
  3. Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission-based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanic in performance of job.
  4. Completes designated patient care activities and provides for patient comfort and privacy.
  5. Identifies and assists patients that need assistance with nutrition and/or hydration.
  6. Empty drains, canisters, urine bags, bedpans and emesis basins and record intake and output.
  7. Help to maintain clean and orderly patient and work environment.
  8. Revises and updates the plan of care as problems change and/or new problems are identified in collaboration with RN.
  9. Assists RN in obtaining a thorough nursing history on assigned patients
  10. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication skills.
  11. Document/maintain patient record as appropriate.
  12. Performs basic dressing changes and is knowledgeable of the fundamentals of sterile technique.
  13. Evaluates nursing care actions and patient responses and documents each shift.
  14. Observes and responds appropriately to changes and complications in patient conditions. Report significant changes in patient condition to RN.
  15. Documents treatments and diagnostic tests with results and response. Documents in a clear, concise, accurate and legible manner.
  16. Observes assigned post-treatment/operative patients immediately upon return to floor and initiates appropriate nursing actions.
  17. Obtains RN signature for review and co-signature all entries.
  18. Completes assigned tasks with minimal supervision, but seeks guidance when uncertain how to perform procedure.
  19. Communicates suggestions and/or complaints through appropriate channels. Displays cooperation, flexibility and positive behavior to patients and other staff members.
  20. Demonstrates ability to effectively perform under stress.
  21. Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
  22. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education: Student in an accredited nursing education program.  Student must have junior or senior year status and must have successfully completed fundamental clinical skills portion of the program or must complete the program within the same semester of hiring into the position. (1st semester of clinicals)


Minimum Experience: None required but able to perform as nursing assistant; previous hospital experience preferred. Must be able to operate computer and possess excellent interpersonal skills


Licensure Requirement: CPR Required.


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