Certified Nursing Assistant-Retention Bonus


The nursing assistant works under the supervision of the unit charge nurse, performing resident care duties and nonprofessional services that assist the residents in meeting their activities of daily living and functioning needs. By assisting the nurse in providing caring, quality resident care, this teamwork maximizes the residents’ rehabilitation potential and creates a pleasant environment for them.

There are Full Time, Part Time, and Occasional positions available.

he retention bonus is paid for individuals taking a posting of .6-1.0 AND is already a certified nursing assistant.

Total amount of bonus:

.9-1.0 – $1,000

.6-.8 – $750

Payments are paid out at 3 months (520 hours) and 12 months (2,080 hours).

Examples of Duties

  • Provides quality, nursing care to residents under supervision of the charge nurse in a teamwork style.
  • Follows directions of nurse.
  • Assists with or provides personal care to residents.
  • Assists residents at mealtime and with nourishment and records intake.
  • Encourages, stimulates, and assists residents toward improved functioning, self-care and independence.
  • Assists residents with mobility, ROM, transfers, change of positions, encouraging residents to meet their individual rehabilitation potential.
  • Assists residents with labeling and storing of personal belongings and recording changes of personal belongings.
  • Responsible for housekeeping tasks affecting resident care such as change of bed linens, collecting and bagging soiled linen, making and cleaning beds and beside stands and other furniture, cleaning up spills, preventing infections, wiping off counters, keeping drawers and cupboards straightened.
  • Answers resident call lights.
  • Assists resident with elimination needs and assists nurse in collection of specimens.
  • Intervenes to decrease residents’ agitation.
  • With nurses’ direction, assists in applying protective devices and checks residents as indicated.
  • Does one-to-ones or group activities with residents.
  • Provides a safe, therapeutic environment that protects residents’ rights.
  • Documents appropriately on records and continually updates nursing assistants care cards.
  • Escorts and supervises residents to appointments, activities or outings.
  • Acts as team member with other disciplines in meeting residents’ needs.
  • Communicates with nursing staff, related disciplines, families and visitors as needed.
  • Takes T-P-R and B.P., if trained, and patient’s weights.
  • Reports to charge nurse significant resident findings promptly.
  • Observes, reports, and records resident’s physical and emotional changes.
  • Utilizes nursing assistant care cards when reporting off duty to nurse.
  • Maintains good work habits.
  • Assists in meeting resident needs to ensure compliance with HSS-132 regulations.
  • Maintains neat appearance in accordance with dress code.
  • Responsible to be at work as scheduled, on time and leave only when shift has ended.
  • Maintains a positive mental attitude toward self, job, and team members.
  • Maintains sensitivity to residents and in meeting their goals as indicated on care plan.
  • Follows facility policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Follows the State HSS-132 regulations and all the facility’s policies, rules, regulations, and in-service training requirements.
  • Provides a safe environment and insure safety on assigned unit for all residents and staff by reporting any hazardous or potential danger to supervisor.
  • Is free of communicable disease and TB.
  • Pursues educational growth and development.
  • Attends all mandatory in-services and nursing assistant meetings.
  • Updates knowledge by reading memos, policies, procedures, and other educational offerings of facility.
  • Performs all related duties as directed.

Typical Qualifications

Possess communication skills, organization and interpersonal skills, able to operate facility equipment. Understand infection control practices. Possess ability to perform above duties and responsibilities. Able to understand and practice resident confidentiality, problem identification, and resolve conflict.

Understand written and spoken word, able to express thoughts in English language so others will understand. Able to perform duties in an atmosphere of frequent interruption in a timely manner. Perform duties in a stressful environment regarding resident physical and mental condition. Able to be self directed in task completion. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Supplemental Information

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Registered as a state and federally certified nursing assistant. Or interested in becoming registered.
  • Graduation from high school or a GED.
  • Willingness to actively participate in in-service education classes.
  • State of Wisconsin valid driver’s license.
  • Must possess exceptional communication skills and willingness to work cooperatively with nursing team.

Fond du Lac County will pay for CNA certification.

Fond du Lac County has five (5) employment classifications with specific eligibility for each level. For a comprehensive overview of the benefits we offer, please visit: www.fdlco.wi.gov/benefits

Below is a description of each along with their associated benefits:


  • Regularly scheduled between 60 – 80 hours per two week pay period
  • Health Insurance (single or family)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wisconsin Retirement
  • Paid Leave (vacation, sick, floating holiday)


  • Regularly scheduled 48 – 59 hours per two week pay period
  • Health (single)
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wisconsin Retirement
  • Paid Leave (vacation, sick, floating holiday)


  • Regularly scheduled 40 – 47 hours per two week pay period
  • Paid Leave (vacation, sick, floating holiday)


  • Regularly scheduled 0 – 39 hours per two week pay period
  • No benefits


  • Regularly scheduled one weekend per month, with opportunity to pick up additional shifts as desired
  • No benefits


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