Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Larry Bradshaw

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

As a second generation family owned organization, Fountain West Health Center is different than other long term care and assisted living facilities! Quick access from the freeway makes access to work a breeze! Our facility in West Des Moines desires caring & compassionate individuals who are seeking employment as a C.N.A. We currently have openings on all shift and we offer a shift incentive for evenings & overnight shift. Every other weekend is required.

Our employees receive monthly bonuses just for coming to work! Other benefits available, include vacation pay, health and dental insurance, life insurance, and short-term disability benefits. We are currently offering employee referral bonuses. $250 for new employee and current Fountain West employee after completion of 90 days employment. Another $250 for new employee and current Fountain West employee after 6 months of employment. Then after one year of employment for the new employee a $500 bonus will be received by the referring Fountain West employee and the new employee. Referral must be listed on the employment application.

Applicants must be current on the Nurse Aide Registry and must be able to pass a criminal background check. May submit resume to this posting or apply in person. The following is the summary of the job description:

Job Title: Nursing Assistant
Department: Nursing
Supervisor: Charge Nurse or Team Leader
Positions Supervised: None
Exemption (Type): Non-Exempt

General Job Summary:
A Nursing Assistant is responsible for providing personal care and assistance within the facility. Nursing Assistants may be called upon to help residents with getting in and out of bed, dressing, and grooming. Nursing Assistants assist with personal hygiene, such as going to the bathroom and bathing. Nursing Assistants will be called upon to provide basic treatments as required and directed by the nursing staff, including assistance with enemas, taking temperatures, and various other duties. Nursing Assistants are responsible for observing and reporting changes in residents’ physical and emotional conditions to their supervisors.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The following is a list of duties and responsibilities for Nursing Assistants. All of the job duties are essential, unless otherwise noted.

  • Bathe or assist residents in bathing (bed bath, whirlpool, shower, sitzbath).
  • Perform or assist residents with personal grooming needs (shaving, hair care, nail care, oral hygiene, denture care, skin care, and cosmetics).
  • Assist residents in dressing and undressing, as needed, in clothing appropriate to the time of day and season of year.
  • Assist residential residents in caring for and securing (non-loss) of personal articles, labeling clothing, etc.
  • Change bed linen.
  • Assist residents in before and after meal routines (wash hands and face, transport to and from dining area, prepare bedside environment for in-room dining, etc.)
  • Provide prompt meal time assistance (check diet card for accuracy and position tray for resident’s convenience. Help with cutting food, buttering bread, pouring liquids, etc.)
  • Provide partial or total feeding assistance and encouragement as needed.
  • Report appetite changes and request substitutions when necessary.
  • Provide adequate hydration (pass ice and fresh drinking water, offer fluids frequently, record intake as directed, etc.)
  • Provide between meal nourishment when indicated (distribute supplemental nourishment as assigned, provide assistance as needed, accurately record and report intake of nourishment).
  • Assist resident in all elimination needs (bedpan, urinal, bathroom assistance).
  • Participate in facility incontinence program.
  • Perform perineal care after each episode of incontinence.
  • Perform catheter care per facility policy.
  • Record bowel habits and urine outputs as directed.
  • Collect specimens as directed.
  • Reposition immobile residents at times and in a manner as instructed.
  • Assist resident in transferring from bed, chair, wheelchair, toilet, etc. using appropriate equipment and follow principles of body mechanics (determine number of persons for assist; use gait belt, proflex belt, grab bar, etc.)
  • Assist residents in exercise (active/passive range of motion, ambulation, etc.) as indicated by supervisor and individual care plan.
  • Help restore independence through teaching and encouragement in ADL skills (eating, dressing, ambulation, toileting, etc.)
  • Help prevent complications of decubitus and contractures by placement of position aids, protective padding, etc.
  • Maintain resident information and Fountain West internal affairs in strict confidence.
  • Assist with training and orientation of new department employees.
  • Follow Fountain West policies concerning personal grooming, appearance, and appropriate dress code requirements.


  • High school graduate or GED is preferred. A 75 hour Nurse Aide course is a requirement but certification may be completed after employment begins. Nursing Assistants must be able to read, write, and follow written and oral instructions in English. All Nursing Assistants are required to complete an annual 12 hour in-service training.

Continuous Education

  • All Nursing Assistants are required to complete an annual 12 hour in-service training. Failure to complete the requirements under local, state, or federal law, will be grounds for termination.

Work Experience

  • Previous health related experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Extensive on the job training is provided

Physical Activity Requirements:
Lifting Requirements

  • Nursing Assistants may be required to occasionally lift supplies, charts, and other materials up to 10 pounds. Nursing Assistants will frequently be called upon to lift various items between 10 and 50 pounds. Nursing Assistants will frequently be required to lift over 50 pounds while transferring residents weighing up to or exceeding 160 pounds.

Carrying Requirements

  • Nursing Assistants will occasionally be required to carry various medical charts, supplies, and other materials up to ten pounds. Nursing Assistants may occasionally be called upon to carry objects between 10 and 50 pounds.

Sight Requirements

  • The Staff Nurse is required to have 20/20 correct vision.

Hearing Requirements

  • The Staff Nurse is required to have normal range of hearing, as corrected

Socialization Requirements

  • Nursing Assistants are required to maintain good socialization skills in and around residents and other coworkers; maintain a friendly, caring, and cooperative attitude and be able to respond calmly under stressful situations.

Other Physical Requirements

  • Nursing Assistants will frequently be called upon for bending, squatting, kneeling, twisting, and crouching. These activities will primarily be utilized during patient care and transferring of residents.
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