Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship

Full Time
Detroit, MI 48202
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

Must be enrolled in HFHS Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprenticeship program. Under the direction and supervision of the responsible Registered Nurse (RN) and/or licensed clinician, performs specific patient care duties to meet safety and comfort needs of the patient. Provides input to assist the RN and/or licensed clinician in planning and implementing patient care. Responds to emergent situations according to established procedures. Recognizes and participates in own continuing education. The Nurse Assistant Apprentice follows the Henry Ford Health System Team Member Standards of Excellence in all interactions.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities – Hospital Setting:


  • Maintains effective, professional, and appropriate communication during all patient, family encounters and healthcare team member interactions. Where applicable, actively participates in
    • Obtaining RN shift report
    • Peer handoffs
    • Bedside handoff
  • Identifies concerns related to patients, staff, and self, and communicates with the responsible RN and/or licensed clinician.
  • Actively participates in the shared governance process to promote nursing and team practice.
  • Maintains commitment to peers evidenced by healthy communication principles and positive problem solving.


  • Where applicable, as directed, assists the RN in admitting, transferring and discharging of patients.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to patients’ comfort and privacy and is engaged in patients’ care. Answers patient questions and explains procedures when performing.
  • Provides personal care assistance to patients, including bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility, comfort and transportation.
  • Provides therapeutic patient care under the supervision and/or direction of the RN, to include the following duties (per business unit process):
  • Collects, labels, and documents specimens at bedside
  • Gives non-medicated enemas
  • Assists with restraints, unsterile dressings, warm and cold packs
  • Assists with oral care
  • Performs venipuncture and chemsticks
  • Performs EKGs
  • Routine rounding on patients assigned when not directly engaged in patient care tasks.
  • Performs purposeful rounding according the unit standards.
  • Maintains safe and clean patient room environment.
    • Keeps room free from clutter
    • Cleans bedside tables
    • Maintains room free from excess supplies and linen.
    • Maintains cleanliness of other assigned areas.
  • Makes necessary supply deliveries to patient rooms and ancillary departments.
  • Performs other related duties as required within scope of practice.
  • Must practice the customer service Standards of Excellence.

Quality and Safety

  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, quality assurance program, safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  • Maintains a clean, safe, comfortable and therapeutic environment for patients/families in accordance with HFHS standards.
  • Recognizes and responds to emergencies and alarms and immediately communicates situation to appropriate persons.
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient and unit care data.
  • Performs general clerical duties as assigned.
  • Ensures an adequate stock of patient care supplies, proper functioning maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
  • Documents patient care provided.
  • Provides 1:1 patient care for patient safety as assigned


  • Open and receptive to performance feedback for personal growth including:
    • Customer service
    • Personal practice
    • Regulatory and policy compliance.
  • Participates in discussions with the Unit Leadership regarding job enrichment and career progression.
  • Supports administrative and unit governance changes to job role and unit operations.

Research and Education

  • Attends and participates in educational forums as provided.
  • Completes required education in a timely manner and participates in on-going unit specific educational programs.
  • Supports unit research within assigned role.


  • Recommend participation in community activities that promote HFHS and the customers we serve.
  • Represents HFHS by promoting an atmosphere of care, concern, pride and respect to internal and external customers
  • Maintains awareness of personal actions and activities and the impact on the image of nursing


  • Aware of financial implications of actions and decisions based on factors related to safety and effectiveness.
  • Minimizes surplus stock in patient rooms and outside of the clean supply area.
  • Incorporates supply and linen conservation in every day practice

Education/Experience Required:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Must complete HFHS Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program recognized by the Department of Labor (DOL), successfully pass all testing and/or exam, and complete all HFHS Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program competencies within the timeframe designated in the HFHS Nurse Assistant Apprenticeship Program.
  • Requires ability to read, write and understand verbal and written instructions.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer skills required in order to interact effectively with individuals from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, transfer and move clients if needed.

Certifications/Licensures Required:

  • Complete BLS Heart Saver Certification during apprenticeship program.
  • In Home Care department, requires valid Michigan driver's license and a dependable vehicle insured as required by the State of Michigan.

The NA Apprenticeship Program is one year, and after completion of the program, it will require a one-year working commitment with Henry Ford Health System.


Under the leadership of President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter, III, Henry Ford Health is a

$6 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan, and 250+ sites

including medical centers, walk-in and urgent care clinics, pharmacy, eye care facilities and

other healthcare retail. Established in 1915 by auto industry pioneer Henry Ford, the health system

now has 32,000 employees and remains home to the 1,900-member Henry Ford Medical Group, one

of the nation’s oldest physician groups. An additional 2,200 physicians are also affiliated with the

health system through the Henry Ford Physician Network. Henry Ford is also one of the region’s

major academic medical centers, receiving between $90-$100 million in annual research funding and

remaining Michigan’s fourth largest NIH-funded institution. Also an active participant in medical

education and training, the health system has trained nearly 40% of physicians currently practicing

in the state and also provides education and training for other health professionals including nurses,

pharmacists, radiology and respiratory technicians. visit


Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice. Henry

Ford Health has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

Rewards. My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves. There are

dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life. As an

employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

(Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness, and a whole host of other benefits and services. Employee's classified as contingent status are not eligible for benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Henry Ford Health is

committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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