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Job Description

Job Title: Patient Care Technician (Casual) - 2 West Medical/Surgical
Job ID: 859585441
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours:
Shift: Rotating
Facility: UPMC Horizon
Department: HRZSC Two West
Location: 2200 Memorial Drive, Farrell PA 16121

Description

UPMC is dedicated to providing each patient with the right care, in the right way, at the right time, every time. 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.

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.

UPMC Horizon is hiring a Casual Patient Care Technician to support the 2 West Medical Surgical unit at our Shenango Valley (Farrell, PA) location.

2 West is a 28 bed medical/surgical and telemetry unit. We typically care for adult and geriatric patients. We are able to take pediatric patients although it is very rare that we get pediatric patients (medical reason age 13 and over/surgical reason 10 and over).

Patient care staff in this department work on a rotating schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage. Availability for all shifts, including some weekends and holidays, is expected.

The Patient Care Technician is a valued step 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


Responsibilities:
  • Provides patient care including assisting with patient procedures and activities of daily living. Assists with physical, respiratory and cardiopulmonary therapies. Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status.
  • Performs the UPMC nursing core nursing assistant responsibilities (blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care) AND at least four of the following BU identified tasks: phlebotomy, 12 lead EKG, simple dressing, Foley catheter removal, point of care testing, bladder scan, straight catheter, or IV catheter removal.
  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establishes appropriate and effective communication with other departments.
  • 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.
  • Provides instruction to patients and their families under the direction of the RN. May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol.
  • 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.
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and procedures relative to patient care and hospital related information. Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • 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.
  • Supports department based projects and quality initiatives.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established procedures. Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner. Completes department clerical functions as needed.

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 EIC training program OR successful completion of 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.

Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $13.50 to $20.57 / hour

    Union Position: No

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