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Covenant Health Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA - Senior Behavioral Health in Knoxville, Tennessee


CNA- Senior Behavioral Health


This is a very energetic and team-oriented 16 bed unit. Fast paced, extremely rewarding and builds strong critical thinking skills working with complex, challenging patients. We have developed strong collaborative relationships, both inside and outside of our unit. Working closely with various groups such as physicians, families, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, and chaplains to meet the needs of our patients around the clock. We have a great team that takes pride in the environment they work in by keeping our unit clean, orderly and organized. We take pride in creating a safe environment for both patients and staff. Educational opportunities are always encouraged to develop best practice skills, strong knowledge base, and utilization of the best tools to address the complex needs of older adults.This unit creates a 6-week schedule. Team members work 3 days per week, 12 hour shifts, working two weekends a month.

Position Summary:Functions as a direct patient caregiver performing tasks to assist registered nurses. Performs hands-on care, assistance with ADL’s and specified technical tasks for a group of patients under the supervision of the Team Leader.


  • Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights, and intake-output measurements.

  • Encourage patients to turn, cough, and take deep breaths and to use incentive spirometry as specified by Plan of Care.

  • Ambulate, and assist patients in and out of bed, into wheelchairs and transport when necessary.

  • Attends to nutritional needs of patient which may include distributing meal trays, feeding, filling and passing out water pitchers,

  • Provides morning or evening care, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other supportive care as needed.

  • Empty drains, canisters, urine bags, bedpans and emesis basins and record intake and output.

  • Assists in maintaining a safe environment, which may include reporting equipment that is out of order, appropriate handling of linen and storing of supplies.

  • Provides general care such as positioning, lifting or turning patients; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; preoperative supportive care; and application/removal of abdominal binders or anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices.

  • Empty & clean ostomy bag, per procedure.

  • Collect urine, stool and sputum specimen as ordered.

  • Perform tasks such as ROM, assist with ambulatory devices as specified by the patients' plan of care.

  • Perform phlebotomy (requires additional training). To include correct labeling using two patient identifiers, maintenance of lab-draw supplies, rotating and restocking.

  • Perform EKG (requires special training).

  • Promptly answer patient call lights and respond to patient requests.

  • Report significant changes in patients' condition to RN.

  • Help to maintain clean and orderly patient and work environment.

  • Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission-based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanics in performance of job.

  • Document/maintain patient record as appropriate.

  • Gathers equipment for O2 set up. Checks O2 for connection and proper placement.

  • Checks for proper functioning of equipment at patient bedside

  • Ambulate patients with oxygen.

  • Set up suction equipment and check for proper function.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and competency in providing for age-specific needs of the population served.

  • Demonstrates ability to perform skills on the Nursing Assistant checklist.

  • 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

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education: None specified; however, must be sufficient to meet the standards for achievement of the below indicated license and/or certification as required by the issuing authority.Minimum Experience:Hospital experience preferred. Medical terminology a plus. Must be able to operate computer and possess excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to read with comprehension, write legibly, and perform basic arithmetic computation. Must have understanding and knowledge of patient care which may be appropriately delegated to nursing assistants.

Licensure Requirement: Must have and maintain Tennessee State CNA certification. CPR required.


FacilityParkwest Medical Center