Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency Health Care Assistant - Float Pool in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Located in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is Minnesota's premier Level 1 Adult Trauma Center and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Committed to creating a culturally competent and inclusive work and care environment for patients, families and staff, HCMC offers primary care and retail clinics throughout the Hennepin County metro area. We partner with our community, our patients and their families to ensure access to outstanding care. Our mission is to improve health and wellness through patient and community education, teaching and research.

Current vacancy is part-time, 40 hours per pay period, day/evening and every other weekend.


Within the context of Hennepin County Medical Center’s culture of Patient & Family Centered Care and under direct RN supervision, the Health Care Assistant contributes to the health and well- being of assigned patients by performing quality patient care technical procedures and related duties that meet established standards. Acts as a competent, caring and collaborative member of the patient care team. May provide clerical support for the unit including identified EHR duties, answering phones, coordinating unit communication, etc.


  • Using principles of Patient & Family Centered Care develops and maintains a positive working relationship with patient and family, team members, department and medical center personnel
  • Assists patients with activities of daily living, including hygiene, grooming, and bathing
  • Responds to patient call light in a timely manner, identifies patient needs and provides patient with appropriate response or communicates need to appropriate team member
  • Takes and records patient’s vital signs as prescribed by nursing protocol or physician order
  • Measures, and records patient intake and output according to established protocol and order
  • Conducts point of care tests as assigned and/or delegated
  • Communicates any changes or pertinent information related to the patient’s physical appearance and attitude, I & O, vital signs, and point of care testing to the nurse
  • Keeps patient room neat, clean and orderly. Changes bed linen as scheduled and as needed
  • Escorts patients on foot or transports patients on carts, beds or in wheelchairs
  • Procures and stocks equipment and supplies, and insures that equipment is operable and clean
  • Greets and relays information to appropriate staff, physicians, or family members
  • Takes inventory of patient belongings and valuables as well as documents and secures
  • Collects specimens using clan technique and labels appropriately
  • Disposes of trash, linens and supplies in an appropriate manner
  • Ensures patient and supply rooms are properly stocked; linen is covered
  • Attends mandatory department or unit meetings, in services and appropriate work related education programs
  • Supports unit and medical center compliance with JCAHO standards, customer service and other initiatives
  • Uses resources appropriately
  • May perform various technical procedures after training, competency validation, and upon delegation from a Registered Nurse, such as maintaining oxygen equipment, performing oral suctioning, routine incision care, providing skin care, applying and changing non-sterile dressings, applying warm and cold compresses or non-prescription topical creams/ointments, 12 lead EKG’s, phlebotomies, and discontinuing IVs, saline locks and foley catheters
  • Records actions in the EHR
  • Performs clerical duties in EHR; answers phones and triages calls appropriately
  • Performs all responsibilities/duties required by Patient Care Services as defined in the scope of service, to assure that the unique nature of the clients is addressed

QUALIFICATIONS__Minimum Qualifications:

  • Possession of a nursing assistant certificate AND 1 year of experience as a nursing assistant (six months of which must have been in one facility) ,
  • One year of experience as a nursing assistant, or continued enrollment in a school of professional nursing AND completion of a minimum of one clinical experience or approved training in another health care field may be substituted for the nursing assistant certificate ,


  • An approved equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Possession of a nursing assistant certificate from the Minnesota Department of Health may be required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Basic Life Support
  • Training/equivalent experience as a nursing assistant, CNA, EMT, Medical Assistant
  • Current student (enrolled) in a 4 year RN program
  • Experience with EPIC and/or similar electronic health record system
  • One year Nursing Assistant experience in a similar (hospital) setting

Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Ability to work cohesively and respectfully with a diverse work force and patient population
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and communicate with multidisciplinary staff
  • Ability to adapt to sometimes rapidly changing and unpredictable situations
  • Ability to read and follow written instructions; understand and communicate verbal and written information
  • Ability to perform job duties that meet departmental performance expectations as well as HCMC standards related to quality, accuracy, productivity, patient & family centered care, customer service, etc

You've made the right choice in considering Hennepin County Medical Center for your employment. HCMC offers a wealth of opportunities for individuals who want to make an impact in our patients' lives. We are dedicated to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to both current and prospective employees. We’re driven to connect talented individuals with life-changing career opportunities, enabling you to provide exceptional care without exception. Thank you for your consideration in submitting an application.

Please Note: Offers of employment from Hennepin County Medical Center are conditional and contingent upon successful clearance of all background checks and pre-employment requirements.

Department: Float Pool

Primary Location: MN-Minneapolis-Downtown Campus

Standard Hours/FTE Status: FTE = 0.50 (40 hours per pay period)

Shift Detail: Day, Evening, Every Other Weekend

Job Level: Staff

Employee Status: Regular

Eligible for Benefits: Yes

Union/Non Union: Union

Job Posting: Oct-17-2016