Job Description

Job Title: Full Time Patient Care Technician -- Oncology
Job ID: 673360
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Rotating
Department: MAGEE Med Surg IP Oncology
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213



UPMC is dedicated to providing each patient with the right care, in the right way, at the right time, every time. Patient Care Technicians are essential partners in that mission, enhancing the patient experience at UPMC with positivity and integrity. Nursing support staff give personal care to patients with an emphasis on dignity and respect, striving to make each patient feel as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay. 
Patient Care Technicians also provide invaluable aid to nurses and doctors on the floor by completing important skilled tasks such as checking vital signs and glucose levels, performing EKGs and blood draws, and much more.
Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC is hiring a Full TimePatient Care Technician to support the Oncology Unit; 5800 is a 28-bed medical and surgical oncology unit caring for a variety on oncology patients but specializing in gynecological cancer treatments and surgical procedures such as hysterectomies, mastectomies, Syed implants, and free flap/TRAM flap transplants. Many of our patients are admitted to receive chemotherapy, and some may require chemo desensitization. On our unit, we work with negative pressure rooms, disability/bariatric rooms featuring motorized lifts, and telemetry monitors. We consider strong teamwork to be central to our success on 5800 and vital to caring for our patients, and we boast a staff with a wide range of experience. 

Patient care staff in department work on a rotating schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage. Availability for all shifts, including some weekends and holidays, is expected.

Compassionate individuals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply; those without prior inpatient hospital experience will be required to complete a 7-day training course. 

Patient Care Technician are valued steps in the UPMC nursing support career ladder, with opportunities for upward advancement into lead and management roles. Many support staff may seek to use the knowledge and skill they gain in this position to launch a career in nursing, advanced practice, health care administration, therapy, or another related field.


• Performs the UPMC nursing core nursing assistant responsibilities (blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections, and Foley care) AND at least four of the following business unit identified tasks: phlebotomy, 12 lead EKG, simple dressing, Foley catheter removal, point of care testing, bladder scan, straight catheter or IV catheter removal.

Provides patient care including assisting with patient procedures and activities of daily living. Assists with physical, respiratory, and cardiopulmonary therapies. Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status.

Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.
• Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays, and transporting patients.

Provides instruction to patients and their families under the direction of the RN. May apply, monitor, and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol.

Strictly adheres to all policies and procedures relative to patient care and hospital related information. Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.

Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace. Ensures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.

• Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director, and takes action to improve knowledge, skills, and performance. Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. 

Constructively receives feedback and direction, and participates in self-review as requested by the unit director. 

Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department. Supports department-based projects and quality initiatives.
Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner. Completes department clerical functions as needed.

• Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. Establishes appropriate and effective communication with other departments; establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.

Suggests and supports changes within the department. Assumes responsibility for assignments and views problems as challenges. 

Demonstrates understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence, and impairment in the health professions. 

Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.


• High school diploma or equivalent.
• If no previous hospital or pre-hospital training, successful completion of UPMC nursing assistant training program, previous patient care experience a plus
• Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.12 to $22.16

Union Position: No

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