Instructional Assistant, Nursing

Recruitment #19-4580-001

Definition

Schedules and monitors the use of one or more nursing laboratories and assists students to improve their knowledge of nursing and skill in performing clinical procedures associated with the treatment and care of obstetrical, psychiatric, surgical and acutely ill medical patients.

Typical Duties

Schedules and oversees the use of equipment, supplies, and facilities in one or more nursing laboratories.

Assists students to perform nursing procedures such as ambulating patients, dressing wounds, taking blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and respiration readings, and administering injections, intravenous feedings, tracheal suction, and colostomy irrigations.

Sets up supplies and equipment and assists in conducting classroom demonstrations.

Serves as a resource to students and instructional staff during laboratory sessions.

Explains to students established instructional laboratory and equipment policies and ensures student compliance with lab policies, procedures, and safety precautions.

Issues and receives materials and equipment for student use in laboratory and classroom assignments; keeps records and effects the return of materials and equipment checked out to students.

Maintains an index of reference books, resource materials, and software modules located in the Nursing Department.

Assists instructors in the design and development of instructional and study aids.

Advises instructional staff of common problems encountered and progress being made by students using a laboratory as part of their educational program.

Assists students in the operation of a wide variety of instructional media equipment and related hardware, including Patient Care Simulators.

Maintains and makes minor adjustments and repairs to instructional media and hospital equipment such as projectors, video cameras, respirators, breathing apparatus, and sterilizers.

Maintains records of supplies and equipment and prepares requisitions as needed.

Receives, inspects, stores, and secures supplies and equipment and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

Maintains records of student attendance and laboratory utilization statistics.

May participate with faculty in the evaluation of student study skills competencies.

May administer written examinations.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

May be assigned to perform other duties in the Nursing Department during peak workload periods and in the absence of assigned staff.

May assist in the operations of a patient care simulation laboratory.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Instructional Assistant, Nursing, applies knowledge of nursing principles, procedures and techniques in assisting students with problems related to their assignments, and is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling and operations of one or more nursing laboratories.

Instructional Assistants in other academic disciplines are responsible for the day-to-day operations of instructional laboratories and apply their specialized knowledge to a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of their academic departments.

Supervision

General supervision is received from a Department Chair. Functional supervision is received from instructional staff. Work direction may be provided to clerical staff and student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Current concepts, principles, and practices of nursing, clinical procedures associated with the treatment and care of obstetrical, surgical, psychiatric, and acutely ill medical patients

Basic anatomy and physiology

Basic principles of microbiology

Basic principles of nutrition

Basic principles of health physics

Basic principles of pharmacology

Medical terminology

Capabilities and features of multimedia equipment used in nursing laboratory

Specialized computer software used in the nursing and allied health professions

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware common to instructional laboratories

Recordkeeping procedures

Skill in:

Operating a wide variety of hospital equipment

Ability to:

Explain and demonstrate complex nursing concepts, practices and procedures to students

Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software

Follow complex instructions and procedures

Work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with nursing faculty, staff and students

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Take initiative and work independently

Give clear and concise instructions

Keep detailed and accurate records

Learn to operate and train students in the operation of media equipment found in an instructional laboratory

Learn patient simulator technologies and applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Current licensure by the State of California as a registered nurse.

Special:

Current and valid certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support are desirable.

Benefits

  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 



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