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Patient Care Associate - Behavioral Health Unit

Description

UPMC Northwest is hiring a Full-Time Patient Care Associate to support their Behavioral Health Unit at the Seneca, PA location. 

Purpose:

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.
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Completes glucose meter testing.
  • Provides clinical interventions assessed by client needs under the direction of RN.
  • Leads or co-leads therapeutic activity groups with supervision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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:
  • Basic Life Support OR Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Mgt 
  • Certificate of completion of accredited nursing assistant, psychiatric technician, Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Specialist or Intellectual Disabilities Technician program is required.
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34
  • OAPSA

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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