Care Partners: Experienced and Non-Experienced

What is a Care Partner?
At VUMC, Care Partners provide care to patients in the hospital setting under the supervision of a registered nurse. Care Partner is a "non-licensed" position, meaning no specialized degree is required and minimal qualifications need to be met to be considered as a candidate.

At Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, we call these team members Care Partners.

Other organizations might call these positions Nurses Aids, Nursing Techs, Nursing Assistants, etc. 

pic What Does a Care Partner Do?
 Care Partners assist with the personal care of patients (adult and/or pediatrics), including:
• bathing, feeding, toileting, and changing beds
• aiding in daily activities (walking, sitting, etc)
• taking vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing)
• documenting computerized patient information

pic What is not a part of a Care Partner's Responsibility?
Care Partners are not responsible for:
• giving medications
• patient assessment
• managing an independent patient assignment


- Vanderbilt Care Program Academy



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