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CNA/Client Care Aide I at Bruce McCandless Veteran Community Living Center

at State of Colorado

Posted: 9/17/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2810330
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Department Information


This position is open to current Colorado residents only.
The salary for Client Care Aide I's has recently increased.
 
About Us:
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado. 

In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer excellent benefits:*Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more
information, go to https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhr/student-loan-forgiveness-programs

Our Culture & Environment:

We believe in a people-first approach: To serve the people of Colorado, we develop a culture and work environment that creates an energized, inspired, and healthy team capable of giving their best to Coloradans.

Balance creates quality of life: We want our team to be resilient through a supportive workplace that values flexibility, health and wellness, and employee engagement.

We hold ourselves accountable: We take responsibility through our actions, programs, and results for the state of health and human services in Colorado.

Transparency matters: We are open and honest with employees, our partners, the Coloradans we serve, and the public.

We are ethical: We abide by what is best for those we serve by doing what is right, not what is easy.

Collaboration helps us rise together: We work together with all partners, employees, and clients to achieve the best outcomes for Coloradans.

Bruce McCandless State Veterans Community Living Center is a State-owned and operated skilled-nursing facility dedicated to serving those who have served us. Our Eden Mission is to honor and respect those living and working in our home through companionship, empowerment and individualized care while providing a comfortable and safe place to live.


We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.   

Description of Job

This position exists to provide direct hands-on nursing care to facility residents to include assistance with activities of daily living, documentation of care provided, awareness of psychosocial and physical needs/safety of residents, all performed in a manner consistent with the standards of the profession, legal and regulatory requirements.

Examples of Essential and Important Duties:
  • Provide direct resident care by hands on performance or assistance as needed with activities of daily living.
  • Provide environmental needs by arranging and adapting personal care items such as food or clothing and/or physical environment needs, e.g. wheelchair, walker, etc.
  • Gently guide and instruct residents as needed in self-care activities.
  • Perform basic assessments, i.e. vital signs, blood pressure, weight, etc.
  • Report any health issues/changes to the supervising nurse
  • Recommends observation of specific residents who may need dietary changes, e.g. from regular diet to pureed or regular liquid to thickened liquid
  • Provide basic resident activities of daily living care needs
  • Taking care of a resident's personal hygiene, including bed, bath, shaving, nail care, etc.
  • Assist residents with meals, ambulation, hydration and toileting needs. 
  • Transporting residents to their appointments using a state vehicle and/or delivering lab specimens.
  • Keeping the resident's home environment clean and safe
  • Assisting the resident to therapy areas, dining room, activities, etc.
  • Monitor safety needs by supervising residents' whereabouts, interactions and conditions and refer to charge nurse if necessary
  • Repositioning residents  for proper body alignment and comfort.
  • Provide psychosocial needs of residents and their significant others by direct personal contact.
  • This position will be required to deliver blood draws to the lab, drive a resident to a doctor's appointment, or to the hospital (if not transported by ambulance)
  • Maintain education by attending mandatory and non-mandatory in-services and workshops to keep current as mandated by state law and VA regulations and facility policy and procedures. 

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED  

Substitutions 
  • A current, valid CNA license from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies will substitute for the high school diploma or GED.

Special Qualifications
  • Must possess valid Colorado C.N.A. license upon entry into position, or have completed an accredited CNA program and obtain a CNA license within four months of completion.

Preferred Qualifications

Required Competencies
  • Skill in initiating, performing and completing assigned duties in providing care to residents.
  • Possess good verbal, listening and written communication skills with all health care providers, residents, families and multidisciplinary team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to display professional conduct at all times when dealing with fellow staff members, residents, families and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Long-term care/nursing home experience is highly desirable 
  • Effective problem solving skills
Preferred Competencies 
  • Knowledge and ability to appropriately carry out assigned resident care based on the residents' conditions; to use judgment and to accurately recognize, report and record relevant resident information.
  • Knowledge and ability to recognize urgent or emergent resident care situations, seek guidance and direction of the RN and/or Supervisor/DON, and initiate appropriate emergency interventions as directed.
  • Knowledge of quality standards, procedures, and protocols
  • Knowledge of specialized client care applicable to the work situation
  • Ability to effectively work with an resident population of varying physical, mental and emotional abilities and staff from multiple work units in the facility to achieve quality care planning and delivery

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigations and a Federal Bureau of Investigations background check as a condition of employment. Included in the background check is a current and/or previous employer check. Your current and/or previous employers within the past 10 years at a minimum must be listed on your job application (most recent in descending order), even if the job or duties are unrelated to the position for which you are applying. Incomplete employer information (address, phone number, and supervisor) or omission of former employers may result in a disqualification of your application.
  • Must pass a Drug Screen
  • Must pass TB test.
  • Must possess a Colorado Driver's License.
  • Must maintain a current CPR Card and perform CPR adequate compressions and ventilations per CPR guidelines.
  • This position is "Essential Service Designation": you will be required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare.
  • This position has shift work: day, evening and night shifts to include holiday and weekends 
  • Former State employees who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on the application and provide an explanation why the prior termination or resignation should not disqualify the applicant from the current position.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, prior disciplinary termination or resignation in lieu of termination will disqualify the applicant from future State employment with CDHS.
     
APPEAL RIGHTS:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. 

If you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. 

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at https://spb.colorado.gov/

A standard appeal form is available at: https://spb.colorado.gov/. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
 
Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience in the work experience section of the application itself.  Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.
 
Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position.  If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.
 
Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process. 

Comparative Analysis Process
 
The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.  

For recruiting questions, please contact melissa.heronema@state.co.us

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

ADAAA Accommodations:
CDHS is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Nancy Schmelzer, at cdhs_ada@state.co.us or call 1-800-929-0791.

Toll Free Applicant Technical Support: If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV technical support at 855-524-5627 Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time).  Helpful hints: if you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application first- ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files, and second, close the document before you attempt to upload (attach) it.

~THE STATE OF COLORADO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER~