Job Locations US-AK-Sitka
Job ID
Temporary Full-Time

About Us:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.


Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.


Job Overview:

This role is open to current UAS C.N.A. students!  Gain experience at the hospital while completing the program!


Primary function of the Student Nursing Assistant is to assist the Nursing Department in their daily duties by constantly monitoring the activity and movement of high-risk patients. The fundamental goal is patient safety and eliminating any fall condition that might come about. Assisting with basic patient care under close supervision of a Registered Nurse in a responsible, respectful and caring manner to promote effective staff relationships.  Maintains patient confidentiality. 




  • Actively participate in University of Alaska- Sitka (UAS) Certified Nursing Assistant program, while maintaining satisfactory grades and good attendance, which are outlined in the program syllabus.
  • In collaboration with the patient care team, the SNA ensures the patient environment is free of obstacles and minimizes risk of falls and accidental or intentional self-harm. The SNA may also assist with basic activities of daily living.
  • Recognizes signs or symptoms requiring prompt intervention and acts appropriately. Transport patients within the facility, as needed.  Demonstrate ability to smoothly manage patient care duties.
  • Report, and when appropriate, record any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients, unusual incidents or breeches in safety. Observe patients to insure children, elderly, or impaired patients who require observation or assistance have someone in attendance.
  • Participates in in-services and educational programs in the hospital, and/or community as assigned; refers unresolved problems with patients/coworkers/visitors to Critical Access Hospital Manager or Chief Nursing Officer for resolution; completes annual competencies, evaluation material, and maintains certifications.
  • Maintains hospital and clinic standards for a clean and quiet patient environment to maintain a positive patient care experience.
  • Maintains compliance with organization’s policies, as well as established practices, protocols, and procedures of the position, department, and applicable professional standards. Complies with organizational and regulatory policies for handling confidential patient information
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Upon completion of University of Alaska- Sitka (UAS) Certified Nursing Assistant program, SNA will transition into a CNA role, accountabilities of which are listed below.
  • Promotes the SEARHC Seven Standards of Excellence. Obtains nursing data through interviewing and observing patients under a RN’s direction and review; documents observation findings under a RN’s supervision; provides general nursing care for the pediatric, adult, and geriatric population, which may include but not limited to: bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patients, application of appliances for heat and cold; pre-operative and post-operative care; application of anti-embolism stockings or SCD’s; monitors and records temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, height, blood pressure, pulse oximetry and intake-output measurements; collects and transports specimens to correct departments; able to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings as identified in the patient care plan or data collection tools and reports abnormal findings to the RN and records findings as appropriate; reports (and when appropriate, records) any changes observed in condition or behavior of patients and unusual incidents. Trained on and performs other tasks as specific to unit specialty: (i.e. EKG’s and telemetry monitoring of patients both in unit and remote; responsible for giving telemetry report to RN with patient on remote telemetry under the RN’s review and signature.)
  • Provides bed side care, which may include: positioning patients, lifting and turning patients, assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; answers patient call lights; makes rounds to assigned patients; ambulates patients, transporting to and from various departments as required; assist patients with meals or feeds patients; aids in handling and the care of patients' belongings (including dentures, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.) throughout their stay; changing bed linen; cleaning over bed table and bedside stand, straightening room and other general care as needed. Assist RN with readying a patient for medivac transport from the department, which may include but not limited to: making phone calls, copying papers and chart, and providing direct patient care. Provide 1:1 care/sitting for patients when indicated for patient safety.
  • Maintains a safe and clean environment by: preparing nursing areas and/or patient rooms and beds for receiving patient admissions, returning surgical patients, transfers, emergencies or discharges; assists in cleaning Utility Rooms, cleaning equipment and preparing for disinfection or sterilization; reports equipment that is out of order, reporting other problems to nurse manager or charge nurse; appropriately handles clean and dirty linen and stores supplies on the service area and other duties as assigned. Perform supply duties on a daily basis-- distributing and ordering supplies to maintain adequate stock levels in assigned units. Floats as needed to other departments in the hospital under nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff RN’s discretion.
  • Dispose of all solid waste and infectious waste according to hospitals policies and procedures. Replenish supplies in patient rooms and bathrooms as needed. Perform other duties as assigned by nurse manager, charge nurse, or staff nurse in a responsible, respectful, caring manner to promote the most effective nursing staff relationships. Other duties as assigned.
  • Participates in in-services and educational programs in the department, hospital, and/or community as assigned; completes all mandatory training; completes annual competencies, evaluation material, maintains certifications and licensure; participates in patient care conferences with nurse agreement as applicable; attends and participates in at least 50% of staff meetings.




Must have the ability to react in a calm functional manner and make sound judgments within scope of duties when taking care of ill patients/residents and in the event of emergencies. Job requires the use of a Hoyer lift patients/residents who are non-ambulatory on a regular basis.  Mentally requires a caring attitude in dealing with both acute and non-acute patients/residents and families on a routine basis.  Job pace is rapid and there is constant pressure on the job to complete staffing assignments and answer patient/resident call lights. Maintain accountability for all actions taken. Accept delegation from supervising Registered Nurse.  This position is covered under the Indian Child Protection Act.



Position Qualifications



  • High school diploma or equivalent


  • No experience required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Must be able to follow instructions and demonstrate relevant scope of practice when caring for patients/residents by maintaining a safe environment with appropriate infection controls practices.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge of proper equipment use.
  • Demonstrates knowledge between normal and abnormal patient/resident findings and communicates them appropriately to the nurse on duty.


  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Competently maintains a clean work environment with proper infection control practices including equipment cleaning.
  • Provides general nursing care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.


  • Ability to work cooperatively with others by establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with patients, residents, visitors, and other healthcare team members.
  • Assures confidentiality of patient/resident information at all times.


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