Behavioral Health Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Position Summary:

Provides direct patient care services to the participants under the direction and supervision of a nursing staff member, as assigned by the Program Director.


 Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assists other staff in carrying out program assignments.
  • Performs and records routine technical tasks such as vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate), collection of specimens, intake and output and mass.
  • Works in conjunction with other staff in relation to participant care, as assigned by the nursing staff.
  • Assist with admission, transfer, and/or discharge of patients, by transporting, lifting, and positioning patients while following necessary safety precautions.
  • Reinforces selected patient teaching initiated by Registered Nurse.
  • Assist in maintaining patient and unit area in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Considers the special needs and behaviors of specific patient age groups.
  • Is responsible for order and cleanliness of the program areas and equipment.
  • Carry out assigned task as deemed necessary by the Activity Director.
  • Performs home visits and assists with ADLs, transfers, companionship, etc.
  • Assists as companion to medical appointments, pharmacy, etc.
  • Provides personal care, such a toileting, bathing, eating, transferring, dressing, or grooming under the supervision of the nurse and the Activity Director.
  • Assist the Activities Director in carrying out the activity program.
  • Assist other center staff in meal and snack serving. Performs meals counts as assigned by Day Center Manager.
  • Cleans-up and organizes program areas, including the cleaning of equipment.
  • Interact with patients and family.
  • Transport patients and equipment as needed.
  • Keeps a record of care given.
  • Monitor’s patients and report any variances to normal to the nurse for further assessment.
  • Follows infectious disease precautions to prevent the spread of organisms.
  • Attends and actively participates in the in-take and assessment process as needed.
  • Attends center staff meetings and in-service educational training programs.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Nurse’s Assistant California State Certification.
  • Current CPR Certification/Card.
  • Valid Driver License.
  • An interest and desire to work with the target population served by the center.
  • Required –At least one year experience working with the frail elderly population.



  • Physical clearance for reaching, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling, and grasping; have full range of motion; ability to lift 50 lbs.; need to lift and transfer participants; T.B. clearance; must maintain current First Aid and CPR; fingerprint clearance.
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