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Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Technician I - T14 Medical Oncology
Job ID: 884174151
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 6a-2p / 6a-6p
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Altoona
Department: T14 Medical_Oncology
Location: , Altoona PA

Description

Patient Care Technician I
Tower 14 – Trauma Medical Oncology Unit
1.0 full time, days with rotation (40 hours/week)
Union position: AFSCME
Posted: 06/29/2020


Are you looking for an entry level patient support position to start and grow a rewarding healthcare career? 

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 at UPMC Altoona. Apply now to learn more!

As a Patient Care Technician I, you will provide routine patient care and support services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the nurse or physician, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times.


Tower 14 trauma medical oncology is an 18-bed medical telemetry unit specializing in caring for oncology and palliative care patients. Our nurses are the only inpatient nurses in the hospital trained to administer chemotherapy. We are the only unit in the hospital equipped with 5 palliative care suites to accommodate our palliative patients and families. In addition to our specialty care areas, our nurses have the opportunity to take care of a wide range of medical patients and low acuity trauma patients.


What makes Tower 14 trauma medical oncology an exceptional place to work? We have a team of amazing team members who collaborate to provide excellent care to our diverse patient population. Our wide variety of patients offers each nurse the opportunity to experience various clinical experiences on a daily basis.

As a team member on Tower 14 trauma medical oncology, you will enjoy a supportive team environment, a leadership team that is invested in your growth, and diverse learning opportunities. Come join our team and rise with us on Tower 14!


Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
  • Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understand policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.
  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
  • Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Respond within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations.
  • Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.
  • Provide feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status.
  • Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
  • Assume responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
  • Identify and communicates learning needs to the unit director.
  • Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • 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.
  • Request assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.
  • Suggest and support changes within the department.
  • Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Provide direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients.
  • 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.
  • Perform routine tests such as blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, vital signs and I&Os.
  • Constructively receive feedback and direction.
  • Provide companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
  • Deliver patient nourishments, fill water pitchers and distribute patient mail.
  • May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol. Provide diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.
  • Document in the medical record according to established procedures.

Qualifications

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

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    *Minimum starting pay rate is $12.12/hour*

    Salary Range: $0 / hour

    Union Position: Yes

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