Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Technician
Job ID: 180000ND
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Variable casual hours. all shifts
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Nursing Administration
Location: , Altoona PA


Patient Care Technician - Casual Status
Nursing Students – We’ve got a great opportunity for you!

UPMC Altoona is currently hiring casual-status Patient Care Technicians
Patient Care Technicians are integral to our care team by providing routine patient care and support services under the direction of a nurse or physician.  Patient Care Technicians allow UPMC to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times.
These positions are perfect for nursing students who have completed at least one year of clinical work and want to gain additional experience over the summer and throughout the year as schedules allow
The Patient Care Technician position will give you opportunities to work on various inpatient units to gain valuable experience and new perspectives as you continue on through your nursing program!
Provide routine patient care and support services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the nurse or physician, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times.

  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships. Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Deliver patient nourishments, fill water pitchers and distribute patient mail. Perform routine tests such as blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, vital signs and I&Os. Provide feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status. May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol. Provide diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints. Document in the medical record according to established procedures. Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understand policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure. Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information. Respond within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations. Provide companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
  • Maintain current CPR certification at Heart Saver level. Constructively receive feedback and direction. Identify and communicates learning needs to the unit director. Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance. Request assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.
  • Provide direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients. Maintain 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. Acquire and distribute 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.
  • Suggest and support changes within the department. Assume responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges. Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
Starting rate: $13.32
Have additional questions?  Please contact Patti Geesey at 


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 the first year of clinical work in a nursing program.

Successful completion of basic information system training. Computer experience preferred. Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic or currently enrolled in an EMT or Paramedic program 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
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

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

Salary Range: $13.32 to $13.32

Union Position: No

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