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Nursing Assistant

Cadillac, MI


Posted on January 20, 2019

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About Nursing Assistant

Samaritas, one of the state’s largest faith-based nonprofits, has been sending ripples of positive change into Michigan communities since 1934. Prior to 2016, Samaritas operated as Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

Samaritas provides a continuum of care to all in need with approximately 70 different programs in 40 different locations in Michigan. We believe in diversity and inclusion, for the people we serve and the people we employ. Employing nearly 2,000 employees in opportunities ranging from direct service to management in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, we hope that you will consider joining the Samaritas team and help work in making a difference in communities across Michigan.

We walk with people in need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions with those who place their trust in us.

Job Summary

Assists patients by supporting personal hygiene and daily living needs; providing comfort, transportation, and vital sign monitoring.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and document residents in all activities of daily living as needed for each individual resident assigned, e.g., vital signs, weight, feeding, oral intake, bathing, grooming, mobility, toileting.

  • Conduct shift rounds to observe residents and to ensure nursing and restorative needs are being met. Communicate resident care needs to the Charge Nurse and oncoming shift partners.

  • Assist with providing resident centered care initiatives, e.g. the fine dining experience.

  • Safely lift and transfer residents using proper lift equipment and safety devices.

  • Transport residents to and from in-house and community activities.

  • Answer resident “call lights” promptly and courteously.

  • Assist assigned staff in resident admission, transfer and discharge functions.

  • Report all changes in residents’ condition to the charge nurse as soon as possible.

  • May be required to assist and complete the restorative activities based on the restorative plan of care.

  • Perform light housekeeping duties in residents’ rooms, e.g. clean spills, and make beds, secure residents’ personal items.

Job Qualifications

Education, Training, and Licensure/Certification

  • Successfully completed a State of Michigan approved nurses training program.

  • Proof of class completion submitted to Human Resources prior to date in job with a date set for state certification exam within 60 days from date of hire.

  • If the candidate does not pass certification exam within 120 days from date of hire employment will be terminated. Note: Once certification obtained, Nursing Assistant will transition to the job of Certified Nursing Assistant (CENA).


  • Experience in a health care field preferred.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Possess and able to utilize current basic nursing skill and knowledge to provide care to each resident assigned.

  • Ability to display compassion and sensitivity with vulnerable adults who may become angry, hostile or combative.

  • Ability to speak, read and write English.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals with varying levels of cognitive and physical impairments.

  • Ability and willingness to work constructively with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Ability to work interdependently with co-workers, therapy staff, other departments, and families of residents.

  • Ability to maintain a helping role and intervenes with resident care when appropriate.

  • Ability to effectively manage problems involving standardized situations and circumstances.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide two digit numbers.

Additional Work Requirements

  • Ability to work off-shift schedules; evening, weekend and holiday hours required to support resident care requirements.

Physical and Mental Requirements

  • Safely lifts and transfers person served weighing average of 150 pounds on a frequent basis.

  • Pushes person in wheelchair weighing up to 250 pounds on a frequent basis, often for long distances.

  • Frequently stoops, twists, bends, squats and kneels.

  • Lifts overhead.

  • Frequently lifts supplies weighing 25 pounds.

  • Frequently feels pulse rate and hears and reads blood pressure.

  • Communicates orally and in writing with persons served, coworkers, families, and public.

  • Needs to see and hear persons served.

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Samaritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/Vets/Disabled

Requisition Number2018-3705

CategorySupport Workers

Employee TypePart-Time

Hours Per Pay Period48


Work Hours7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Weekends and/or Holidays RequiredYes

On Call RequiredNo

Position LocationUS-MI-Cadillac

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