Specialty Aide

Skilled Nursing Facility
Work Hours
Primary Shift : 2215-0645 Secondary Shift: 2300-0730
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Hours Per 2-Week Pay Period
80 Hours
Weekend Requirements
Working every other weekend required and holidays as scheduled


The Specialty Aide provides direct care to patients to include patient hygiene and activities of daily living under the direction and supervision of a Registered Nurse.  The Specialty Aide performs those direct care activities that are allowed to be delegated to unlicensed personnel under the NYS Practice Act, regulations, hospital policies, and standards met by Patient Services.  The Specialty Aide also performs support functions for the unit/department as assigned by the appropriate Registered Nurse and/or management team.  The Specialty Aide will be required to float to AMHU/CAMHU/BDU/SNF as needed.


  1. Provides basic care and hygiene to patients under direction of RN.
  2. Assists with care for the newly admitted, transferred (including pre/post procedure patient) or patient being discharged.
  3. Provides post mortem care.
  4. Obtains data as directed by nurses:  takes and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, intake/output measurements, blood pressure (including orthostatic BPs as directed), and pulse oximetry.
  5. Collects needed specimen(s) from patients according to guidelines and as directed by the RN.
  6. Completes point of care testing:  stool for occult blood
  7. Provides special elimination needs to patient, as needed, and as directed by RN; provides care to the urological patient.
  8. Provides care to the patient with skin care and nutritional needs as directed by the RN.
  9. Provides care according to standards to the patient requiring restraints/ protective/supportive devices, fall protocol, wandering/elopement/ suicide/ abduction, seizure precautions and entrapment protocol.
  10. Assists in maintaining a safe, organized and functional environment; reports equipment that is out of order.
  11. Completes observation rounding as directed (e.g. 15 minutes) by unit’s guidelines and the RN.
  12. Documents/communicates care consistently and timely to team leader RN to include any changes observed in condition or behavior of patient.
  13. Employs infection control techniques consistent with Medical Center policies/procedures (e.g. Universal Standard Precautions and Isolation  Protocols).
  14. Performs in crisis and emergency (e.g. cardiopulmonary arrest and the Heimlich maneuver) while maintaining a positive calm approach.
  15. Provides indirect care by utilizing computer technology.
  16. Assists with positioning patient, lifting and turning patient using proper body mechanics; applies/utilizes special equipment as necessary; ambulates the patient as directed.
  17. Supports patient in activities of daily living to include maintaining patients' clothing and other personal property (including prosthetic devices, hearing aids, dentures, contact lenses, etc.).
  18. Assists the RN in providing care to the End Stage Renal Disease (includes continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and pre and post disalysis care).
  19. Assists the RN in providing care to the Hospice patient.
  20. Assists the RN in providing care to the patient experiencing angina, chest pain, MI, CHF, pulmonary edema, hypertension, syncope, etc.
  21. Assists with care of the patient requiring continuous cardiac monitoring.
  22. Strives to maintain a patient’s maximum level of independence and encourages family participation.
  23. Assists other team members in accomplishment of patient care and/or unit tasks.
  24. Supports fluctuation in patient care needs by floating/overtime when required.
  25. Observes and reports the psychosocial status of the patient/family to the RN.
  26. Adequately performs use of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention skills in maintaining therapeutic milieu/PMCS training.
  27. Monitors patients as assigned by the RN 9i.e., routine checks, seclusions, mechanical restraint, meal times, supervised visits, etc.)
  28. Participates as a member of the multidisciplinary team.
  29. Establishes therapeutic relationships with adults and children and adolescent mental health patients and their families while maintaining therapeutic distance.
  30. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. High school graduate or equivalent work experience, including ability to read, write, and comprehend medical terminology, and/or
  2. Previous experience as a nurse aide, certified nurse aide or mental health technician or have satisfactorily completed a nurse aide training program. 
  3. Must have current New York State nurse aide certification.
  4. Meets requirements of pre-employment screening and physical.
  5. Provides documentation within the first 30 days of employment indicating no record of child abuse, neglect and/or maltreatment through the New York State Central Registry.
  6. Must successfully complete Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations (PMCS) training in the first 30 days of employment.


As applicable, the individual has training/competency in attending to the special needs and/or behaviors appropriate to the age of the patients for which care is being provided.


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