Job Description

Job Title: Student Nurse Patient Care Technician
Job ID: 1900019F
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Shift: Variable
Facility: UPMC St. Margaret
Department: Resource Pool
Location: 815 Freeport Road, Pittsburgh PA 152153301


UPMC St. Margaret is hiring Casual Student Nurse Patient Care Technicians to support the Resource Pool and Ambulation Team at our 3 Time ANCC Magnet Designated facility in Aspinwall, PA.
Nursing Assistants and Patient Care Technicians 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 schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage. You must be able to work four weekend shifts in a six week time period.  Weekend shifts include shifts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You are able to pick up additional shifts during the week once you have completed your weekend obligation.

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. The Student Nurse PCT role is a great way to start your Nursing Career with UPMC! Join us today! 

  • 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.
  • Maintain current CPR certification at Heart Saver level.
  • May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol.
  • Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.
  • 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 diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.
  • Provide feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status.
  • Request assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
  • 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • Nursing Students strongly preferred.
  • Nursing students that have completed one full clinical rotation strongly preferred.
  • 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. 
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
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

Salary Range: $13.32 to $20.31 / hour

Union Position: No

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