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Patient Care Assistant


Patient Care Assistant, Heart-Lung-Vascular

Full Time, 72 hours per pay period, Night Shift

This is a 26 bed unit, which includes up to 8 step down beds. Professional, fun, challenging and exciting work environment. We get it done and have fun in the process! Our team always puts our patients first. We have a modified self-schedule with a requirement of every other weekend for new grads, 3 days per week at 12 hours.

Position Summary:Functions as a direct patient caregiver performing tasks to assist registered nurses. Performs hands-on care, assistance with ADL’s and specified technical tasks for a group of patients under the supervision of the Team Leader.


+ Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights, and intake-output measurements.

+ Encourage patients to turn, cough, and take deep breaths and to use incentive spirometry as specified by Plan of Care.

+ Ambulate, and assist patients in and out of bed, into wheelchairs and transport when necessary.

+ Attends to nutritional needs of patient which may include distributing meal trays, feeding, filling and passing out water pitchers,

+ Provides morning or evening care, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other supportive care as needed.

+ Empty drains, canisters, urine bags, bedpans and emesis basins and record intake and output.

+ Assists in maintaining a safe environment, which may include reporting equipment that is out of order, appropriate handling of linen and storing of supplies.

+ Provides general care such as positioning, lifting or turning patients; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; preoperative supportive care; and application/removal of abdominal binders or anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices.

+ Empty & clean ostomy bag, per procedure.

+ Collect urine, stool and sputum specimen as ordered.

+ Perform tasks such as ROM, assist with ambulatory devices as specified by the patients' plan of care.

+ Perform phlebotomy (requires additional training). To include correct labeling using two patient identifiers, maintenance of lab-draw supplies, rotating and restocking.

+ Perform EKG (requires special training).

+ Promptly answer patient call lights and respond to patient requests.

+ Report significant changes in patients' condition to RN.

+ Help to maintain clean and orderly patient and work environment.

+ Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission-based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanics in performance of job.

+ Document/maintain patient record as appropriate.

+ Gathers equipment for O2 set up. Checks O2 for connection and proper placement.

+ Checks for proper functioning of equipment at patient bedside

+ Ambulate patients with oxygen.

+ Set up suction equipment and check for proper function.

+ Demonstrates knowledge and competency in providing for age-specific needs of the population served.

+ Demonstrates ability to perform skills on the Nursing Assistant checklist.

+ Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.

+ Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education: None specified; will accept any combination of formal education and/or prior work experience sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and ability needed to perform the essential tasks of the job, typically such as would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED. Preference may be given to individuals possessing a HS diploma or GED.

Minimum Experience: None.

Licensure Requirement: CPR required


FacilityParkwest Medical Center