Dear Ms. Roman: I was recently a patient at Whittier, and wanted to give you some feedback. I don’t think I could have had better treatment anywhere. Staff, from clinical through to housekeeping, were uniformly pleasant and helpful. I’d like to thank everyone on the nursing and therapy staffs for their cheerful help and support, and hope you’ll pass these comments on to them. I am an attorney, and most of my practice has been with the mentally ill, their families and treaters, and I’ve worked with a couple of dozen different hospitals. But being a patient gives you a different perspective. ‘Simple’ things, like great food that everyone looks forward to, are therapeutic in themselves. Again, please thank the entire staff on my behalf. Sincerely, Thomas F. O.

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Westborough

Student Nurse Intern

Location: Westborough, MA - Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

Category: Nursing

Student Nurse Intern – Part Time 8-16 hours, every other weekend

Primary Responsibilities:
• Assists patients with activities of daily living specific to culture, age and developmental level, including assisting patients with bathing, dressing and undressing; preparing patients for meals, assisting/feeding patients as needed; distributing water and other nourishments to patients; positioning and transferring patients; assisting in ambulation, assisting in toileting needs/use of bedpan, urinal, commode, and ostomy care, among other duties.
• Performs tasks/tests delegated by the registered nurse and reports/records data as needed, including taking and recording vital signs; temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration; measuring and recording intake and output; collecting specimens (urine, stool); among other duties.
• Performs advanced skills delegated by the registered nurse as deemed competent, reports/records data as needed, including performing fingerstick blood glucose monitoring, bladder scan, male and female intermittent catheterization and indwelling foley catheterization, among other duties.
• Continuously monitors/observes patients to assure needs are met in a timely manner.
• Reports any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients and unusual incidents.
• Documents on both skilled and no-skilled sections of the documentation tools, counter signature of the RN required.
• Assists registered nursing personnel in establishing and revising the patient’s plan of care.
• Assists the registered nurse personnel with patient/family education.
• Can initiate CPR measures when indicated.  Recognizes and promptly reports life-threatening situations.
• Respects patient/family privacy and maintains confidentiality.
• Maintains professional relationships and communicates effectively with patients and their families appropriate to their age and developmental level.
• Assists with patient admissions and discharges as directed by the licensed nurse.
• Assists patients with handling of clothing and other personal property throughout their hospital stay.
• Practices careful and efficient use of supplies and follows established charge procedures for patient charge items.
• Properly handles and disposes of hazardous waste materials.
• Performs activities using proper body mechanics for protection of self and others.
• Attends mandatory in-services and completes/maintains competencies specific to job description.
• Assists in monitoring and maintaining standards of safety, infection control, and monitors environment for safety hazards and cleanliness.

• Minimum education:  High School Diploma or GED.
• Ability to read, write and speak English.
• May be a graduate of an accredited RN School of Nursing.
• Current certification in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Nursing Assistant (or currently enrolled and successful completion of the first year in an accredited RN program).
• Certification in BLS of Adult, Child and Infant.
• Provide documentation of prior experience performing advanced skills.
• Knowledge of growth and development across the life span.

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