Job Description

Job Title: Full-Time Patient Care Technician, Advanced -- Med/Surg
Job ID: 684574
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Rotating 12 Hours
Shift: Rotating
Facility:
Department: MAGEE Med Surg 5300 Unit
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

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-Womens Hospital is hiring a Full-Time Patient Care Technician to support our Med/Surg Unit (5300). 5300 is a 28-bed medical-surgical unit that cares for a wide variety of medical and post-op patients and serves as Magee’s stepdown unit. We see an extremely diverse patient population, with ages ranging from 15-100+. Many patients receive insulin and/or Cardezim drips, and all of the unit’s 28 beds are housed in private rooms, each hardwired for telemetry monitoring. Our post-op patients may be recovering from orthopedic, vascular, urological, gynecological, or bariatric surgeries; we also frequently receive overflow surgical patients who do not have beds available on their specialty unit. Due to the wide variety of services we offer and medical conditions we see, 5300 is a great fit for graduate nurses and nurses seeking to build broad knowledge and/or gain new experience.

Patient care staff in the Med/Surg unit 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. Experienced applicants may be hired at the Patient Care Technician level; those without prior inpatient hospital experience will be required to complete a 7-day training course. (Note: the Nursing Assistant training course is held over 7 consecutive weekdays during daylight hours.)

The Patient Care Technician is a valued step 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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • If no previous hospital or pre-hospital training, successful completion of UPMC patient care technician class OR successful completion of first year of clinical work in a nursing program. 
  • Successful completion of basic information system training.
  • Microcomputer experience preferred.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. 
  • Nursing Student that has completed one clinical rotation preferred
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic or currently enrolled in an EMT or Paramedic program preferred.  
  • Successful completion of a basic arrhythmia course and annual competency required 
  •  May in the course of their duties be in rooms where medications are stored or may transport medications when they transport patients. Transportation of medication is limited from one department to another.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

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

Salary Range: $14.53 to $22.86

Union Position: No

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