Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Technician I & II
Job ID: 180001MX
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: Medical PCU
Location: , Altoona PA


If you are interested in growing in a medical career and have minimal or no experience, UPMC Altoona has immediate opportunities for you in various departments in the hospital!

We are now offering an eight-day training course for entry level candidates to learn and demonstrate the skills needed to be a successful Patient Care Technician I or Patient Care Technician II at UPMC Altoona. Apply now to learn more!

As a member of our team of medical professionals, you will provide routine patient care and support the department services in accordance with established policies and procedures. You will be directed by the nurse or physician to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care can be maintained at all times. You will complete advanced patient care duties after successfully completing training and annual competencies.

• 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.
• Assume responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
• Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
• Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understand policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.
• Constructively receive feedback and direction.
• 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.
• Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
• Document in the medical record according to established procedures.
• Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
• Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
• Identify and communicates learning needs to the unit director.
• 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.
• May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol. Provide diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.
• Perform routine tests such as blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, vital signs and I&Os.
• Provide companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
• Provide direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients.
• Provide feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status.
• Request assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.
• Respond within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations.
• Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
• Suggest and support changes within the department.
• Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.
Patient Care Technician II positions will require additional skills and responsibilities.


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. Microcomputer 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
• Act 31 Clearance, if required
• Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal, if required
• Act 73 FBI Clearance, if required

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

Entry level starting rate for PCT I -$12.00/hour
Entry level starting rate for PCT II - $12.36/hour

Salary Range: $0 / hour

Union Position: Yes

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