Job Description

Job Title: Nursing Assistant / Patient Care Technician - 3B Stepdown Unit
Job ID: 673152
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Daylight, Evening, and Night Shifts
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC St. Margaret
Department: Stepdown Unit 3B
Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 15215

Description

UPMC is dedicated to providing each patient with the right care, in the right way, at the right time, every time. Nursing Assistants and 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. 
  
Nursing Assistants and 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. 

UPMC St. Margaret is hiring a Full time Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician to support the 3B Stepdown Unit.

3B Stepdown is a fast paced 34 bed telemetry step down unit serving all medical and surgical patients who require a higher level of cardiac monitoring than can be achieved with flex monitoring on a Medical Surgical floor, but who do not require the ICU care. The services provided on 3B Stepdown support medical and surgical needs of patients receiving continuous cardiac monitoring close observation and specialized nursing care of patients. The top ten diagnoses of patients admitted to 3B Stepdown are congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, initial subendo infarct, coronary atherosclerosis, pneumonia of unspecified origin, acute renal failure, pulmonary embolus/infarct, chest pain, sinoatrial node dysfunction, syncope resulting in collapse. Registered Nurses will be required to complete the Progressive Care Course and Basic Arrhythmia Course, as well as a comprehensive orientation. They are required to become condition A/C responders so ACLS is required in the first year of hire.

Patient care staff in department work on a rotating 12 hour 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 Nursing Assistant and 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.


Responsibilities:
  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships. Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction. Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director. Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance. Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participates in self-review as requested by the unit director.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. Demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions. Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace. Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • Provides direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as but not limited to bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients. Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the department and patient rooms clean and organized, cleaning department specific equipment, changing bed linens, emptying linen hampers, keeping hallways clear of equipment and returning equipment. Acquires and distributes supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care delivery including, but not limited to, performing messenger functions, ordering, charging/crediting supplies, setting up patient care equipment within the scope of the nursing assistant position and stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas. Delivers patient nourishments, fills water pitchers and distributes patient mail. Performs the UPMC nursing core responsibilities for nursing assistants: blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care. Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status. May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints per physician or hospital protocol.
  • Provides diversional activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints. Documents in the medical record according to established procedures. Completes clerical functions as needed by department. Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understands policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure. * Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.* Responds within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations. * Provide companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
  • Suggests and supports changes within the department. Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges. Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Previous direct patient care experience strongly preferred.
  • Students enrolled in nursing or physician assistant school preferred.
  • If no previous hospital or pre-hospital training, successful completion of UPMC nursing assistant training program or Nursing Student that has completed one Clinical Rotation.  
  • Knowledge of body mechanics and transfer techniques.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. 
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) preferred. 
  •  Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.
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

Salary Range: $13.32 to $20.31

Union Position: No

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