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Nursing Assistant 2, Float Team - Hourly/Per Diem

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Local Title: Nursing Assistant 2, Float Team - Hourly/Per Diem
Budget Title: Nursing Assistant 2
Work Type: Hourly
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Clinical, Patient Care, Nursing Support


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Department of Nursing at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking an hourly/per diem Nursing Assistant 2, Float Team. The successful candidate will:

Nursing Assistants provide care to individuals in hospitals and long-term care facilities operated by New York State. Care ranges from attending to patients’ personal hygiene needs, to performing a limited number of simple treatments and therapies under direction of licensed clinical staff. Incumbents provide direct hands-on care to individuals by assisting with bathing, dressing, perineal care, mobility, eating, and other daily living activities.

Under direction of higher-level treatment staff, performs duties similar to those of a Nursing Assistant 1, but with greater proficiency. Positions may assist with training new staff in assigned treatment areas.

Illustrative Tasks

  • Changes simple dressings as directed, gives enemas, douches, and irrigations as directed.
  • Applies abdominal “T” binders, hot water bottles, aqua “K” pads, ice bags, and coolers, and hot and cold compresses to patients as directed.
  • Assists patients in collecting urine and stool specimens.
  • Observes and records patients’ quantitative food and fluid intake and waste output.
  • Takes temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and respiration rate.
  • Gives therapeutic baths such as sitz and fever sponge baths.
  • Measures and records height and weight.
  • Inspects functioning oxygen therapy equipment including tents, masks, and cannulae to ensure appropriate functioning.
  • Recognizes and reports abnormal signs and symptoms of common diseases and conditions to clinical staff.
  • Applies splints, braces, slings and other self-help devices.
  • Operates a variety of specialized patient monitoring and treatment devices.
  • Attends to patients’ hygiene and daily living needs in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to patient comfort and treatment. Examples include bathing and dressing patients, brushing teeth, and trimming nails.
  • Collects and carries patients’ laundry and dry cleaning and delivers objects to appropriate locations in the health care facility.
  • Receives patients’ belongings and transports objects to safe storage, keeping appropriate records.
  • Feeds patients requiring assistance.
  • As directed by clinical staff, moves, positions, lifts and transports patients using a variety of lifts and other aids in order to make patients comfortable, prepare patients for treatment, deliver patients to treatment areas, and to prevent contractures.
  • Brings bedpans and urinals to patients requiring assistance and attends to incontinent patients.
  • Talks and listens to patients and responds by encouraging patients to cooperate and participate in treatment activities.
  • May transport patients and supplies on occasion.
  • May perform a variety of limited housekeeping and cleaning duties related to direct patient care in order to ensure that treatment and patient areas are clean, sanitary, orderly, and properly supplied.

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-Competitive: 1-year of satisfactory full-time experience in the provision of simple treatment and other patient care services under professional supervision.
    • Possession of current certification as a New York State Certified Nursing Assistant may substitute for the required experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; 7:30AM to 4:00PM (Hourly/Per Diem)

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Salary Range:

As per civil service guidelines

  • $18.78 per hour hiring rate

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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