Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Associate- Integrated Health and Aging Program (IHAP)
Job ID: 68795689
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Rotating
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Aging Adult
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Purpose:

Are you looking for a rewarding career? Do you enjoy helping others? We are currently hiring a Patient Care Associate at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital on the Integrated Health and Aging unit. This a full time position and will be located at our Oakland location.


The Integrated Health & Aging Program (IHAP) is a specialized program consisting of 42 beds serving older adults who are experiencing psychiatric issues in late life but also may be younger that are often complicated by physical, social, and environmental problems. 


The employee in the Patient Care Associate position is responsible for basic physical and behavioral assessment and care of patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist the nurse and other direct care staff in the provision of physical care.
  • Learn and utilize up-to-date technology and practices in the delivery of patient care.
  • Attend a minimum of 2 unit based or institute wide in-services yearly.
  • Maintain a safe and therapeutic environment.
  • Manage crisis situations effectively using positive approaches.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary activities including treatment team, staff meetings, co-worker feedback process and other unit based committees as assigned.
  • Assist in the preparation and organization of various paperwork completed on the night shift that ensures smooth coordination of care provided throughout the day.
  • Take initiative to ensure that unit environment is maintained.
  • Maintain competency requirements.
  • Encourage patients to perform or assist them in the performance of activities of daily living.
  • Document in the medical record according to established policies.
  • Assist in the implementation and maintenance of the milieu program providing a consistent and therapeutic approach to patient care.
  • Maintain on-going communication with the treatment team and charge nurse regarding observations of patients' medical and behavioral symptoms and the care provided.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent. 
  • Ability to communicate adequately in English both verbally and written. 
  • The incumbent must be physically capable of providing direct total physical care to unpredictable, potentially violent mentally ill patients as necessary, including lifting, supporting, running towards or away from areas where problems are occurring and pushing and pulling equipment such as wheelchairs, stretchers and beds. 
  • May in the course of their job duties be in rooms where medications are stored. No contact with medications is allowed. In the course of duties may be asked to distribute medications to the nurse at the bedside. 
  • Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Comprehensive Crisis Mgt within 30 days of hire or transfer into departmentCPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

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

    Salary Range: $13.91 to $21.81 / hour

    Union Position: No

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