Per Diem Hospital Assistants assist professional nursing and technical personnel in the care and treatment of patients in a hospital and/or clinic setting, operate and maintain special equipment and devices, and perform other related duties as required.
The Per Diem Hospital Assistants are used for positions needed on a temporary basis only. The major emphasis of positions assigned to these Hospital Assistants focuses on daily care activities which contribute to the comfort and well-being of patients. Per Diem Hospital Assistants may be transferred from unit to unit on an as needed basis. Assignments to a particular unit are usually given with relatively short notice when staffing levels and/or patients census fluctuate drastically.
Per Diem Hospital Assistants working under the supervision of professional nursing and technical personnel feed and bathe patients, monitor vital signs, report and record patients’ intake and output, position and ambulate patients, and note patients’ response to care; make simple dressing changes; and observe and manage catheters, drainage equipment and suction devices.
Per Diem Hospital Assistant are expected to meet the requirements for completion of a formal nursing assistant training program; and possess the skills, knowledges and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.