Position Description


Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury

300 Westminster Canterbury Dr

Winchester VA 22603

Title: Certified Nursing Assistant
Employee Type: Nonexempt
Required Degree: High school
Department: Health Services
Responsible to: Charge Nurse
Responsible for: N/A

Job Summary: The nursing assistant provides basic resident care under the supervision of a licensed nurse and assists in the maintenance of the unit environment.

Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Certified nursing assistant license in the state of Virginia. License must be in good standing (if not licensed, must be licensed within 120 days of date of hire).
  • CPR, first aid and AED certification required

Job Requirements:

  • Supports the mission and purposes of SVWC
  • Supports the Board of Trustees and administration
  • Presents a professional, caring and supportive image
  • Employment and annual tuberculosis testing as required by Virginia State Licensure
  • Must attend mandatory in-services required by the state licensure and all other mandatory in-services and/or meetings required by other regulatory agencies and/or by SVWC
  • Follows and supports the policies and procedures established by SVWC
  • Maintains professional appearance by adhering to dress code and being neatly groomed
  • Adheres to professional standards of ethics at all times
  • Responsible for maintaining current state license and providing SVWC with proof of such prior to expiration date

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Accepts reports regarding status of assigned residents at beginning of shift and gives report at end of shift
  • Performs direct and indirect resident care activities as ordered and as consistent with the facility’s policies and procedures. Such activities include:
    • Bathing residents (bed bath, tub, shower)
    • Feeding residents
    • Toileting residents (bedpan, urinal, bedside commode, bathroom)
    • Giving perineal care
    • Performing grooming activities (hair care, nail care, foot care)
    • Shampooing residents’ hair
    • Providing oral hygiene and denture care
    • Measuring intake and output
    • Collecting urine and stool specimens
    • Transferring residents from bed, chair and wheelchair
    • Assisting residents with use of walkers, wheelchairs and canes
    • Positioning residents in chairs, beds, wheelchairs and Geri Chairs
    • Turning residents and changing positions
    • Utilizing mechanical devices for lifting residents
    • Performing range-of-motion exercises with residents (active and passive)
    • Making occupied and unoccupied beds
    • Weighing residents
    • Taking vital signs
    • Performing postmortem care
    • Practicing universal precautions and special isolation techniques (gown and glove use, double-bagging, disposal of contaminated linens and trash)
    • Making beds every day, changing linens as needed
  • Practices effective communication techniques with residents, visitors and co-workers
  • Protects residents from complications and injuries
  • Respects residents’ rights (e.g., knocks on door before entering room, addresses resident by name, allows resident to make decisions)
  • Responds to all call lights promptly
  • Assists with admissions, transfers and discharges of residents
  • Prepares rooms for new admissions
  • Marks residents’ personal possessions; makes inventory of personal possessions
  • Transports and escorts residents
  • Documents care as necessary
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of resident care plans
  • Keeps equipment, supplies and resident furniture clean
  • Keeps equipment clean; reports housekeeping and maintenance needs
  • Reports to charge nurse:
    • Changes in residents’ status
    • Residents’ responses to care
    • Equipment and supply needs
    • Repair/maintenance needs
    • Safety hazards
    • Unusual occurrences or observations
    • Problems with completion of assignment
  • Directs resident and visitor complaints to nurse in charge
  • Assists physicians and nurses with treatments and procedures
  • Attends staff development activities to improve knowledge and skills and to maintain competency and certification
  • Reads resident care plan to identify residents’ needs
  • Accurately documents pertinent resident information on the Activities of Daily Living EHR for each resident
  • Exhibits good understanding of department dress code as evidenced by neat, professional appearance
  • Remains flexible to cover needs of patients
  • Works independently
  • Arrives to work at scheduled time of arrival
  • Provides proper notification for absence and/or tardiness
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Authority: To make decisions within the framework of the policies and procedures of the facility


Universal Precaution Risk Classification (Category A): The person holding this position understands that Universal Precautions Risk Classification categories apply to this position and that he or she may be exposed to the AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis B viruses. Tasks involve exposure to blood, body fluids or tissues. All procedures or other job-related tasks that involve an inherent potential for mucous membrane or skin contact with blood, body fluids or tissues, or a potential for spills or splashes, are Category A tasks.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Must be able to visually identify and discern printed words on either typewritten pages or on a computer screen
  • Must be able to identify and differentiate colors
  • Must have depth perception within normal ranges


  • Must be able to respond to spoken words and other auditory sounds, including the ringing of telephone or beepers and monitors
  • Must be able to respond and communicate orally by telephone


  • Must be able to bend, reach and lift patients with assistance to transport them to stretchers/wheelchairs
  • Must be able to do heavy lifting (over 50 pounds occasionally and 25 pounds repetitively, from ground level to shoulder height)
  • Must be able to push and maneuver carts/stretchers/space savers, etc., loaded with weights of 200 pounds

Tools and Equipment:

  • Must be able to use, operate and interpret information from equipment in work area


  • Must be able to verbally communicate in the English language directly and over the telephone and be understood

Range of Motion:

  • Must be able to kneel or squat for one hour of a 12-hour shift
  • Must be able to walk continually for 12 hours
  • Must be able to stand for 12 hours straight
  • Must have mobility in all parts of the body: walking, bending, lifting, reaching above head and using hands
  • Must have manual dexterity, fine motor skills (typing, computer, etc.)
  • Some tasks may require sitting for 40 percent of the workday
  • Must be able to stand and/or mobilize by walking for 100 percent of a 12-hour shift

Additional Requirements: Certified nursing assistant license in the state of Virginia. License must be in good standing.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by management as required. SVWC reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties or working schedules based on its duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This job description does not constitute a written contract of employment.

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