Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Technician-Advanced Rotational Program-Resource Pool UPMC St. Margaret
Job ID: 1900017R
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC St. Margaret
Department: Resource Pool
Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 152153301

Description

UPMC St. Margaret is hiring Full-Time Patient Care Technicians to support the Resource Pool department at the Aspinwall, PA location.


Program overview:

Have you ever thought about starting a new career in patient care? UPMC St. Margaret is now offering a full-time, eight-week program for both new and experienced patient care technicians. The Patient Care Technician Rotational Program allows participants to gain valuable experience on several different units and begin rewarding nursing support careers at UPMC.


Each patient care technician in the program will be mentored by a resource pool clinician, and experienced preceptors will oversee each rotation, making this a fantastic opportunity to learn from many talented nurses.


Following the eight-week program, participants will remain full-time patient care technicians in the resource pool and enjoy a close network of support and opportunities to grow!


Position Overview:

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. 

 

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. 

 

Candidates will be hired into the Nursing Assistant or Patient Care Technician role depending on their level of experience. The salary range may vary based on level. Candidates will be hired on as Nursing Assistant unless they have completed one full clinical year in Nursing School or have previously been employed with UPMC as a PCT. 

 


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. 
  • 1-2 years of previous direct patient care strongly 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

Salary Range: $13.94 to $21.26 / hour

Union Position: N0

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