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Temporary Care Attendant - UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside


UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside are hiring temporary Care Attendants to support our staff and hospital due to a recent surge in the ongoing pandemic. Are you wanting to get involved in the frontlines at a hospital and help others during a time of need? The Care Attendant role is the perfect entry level position to get involved with, and training is provided! 

In a pandemic, ultimate schedule flexibility is needed. A variety of four-hour shifts will be available and it is helpful and encouraged that you pick up as many shifts as possible each week (you can work up to 12 hours each day). The position is slated for 6 months initially, and has the potential to be extended if there is a need.


  • Provides observation and direct patient care as directed by the RN including, but not limited to activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting, and ambulating, as well as turning and repositioning patients. 
  • Contributes to universal patient activities including, but not limited to, responding to telephones, assisting with meal trays, and accompanying patients during transport.
  • Provide one-on-one companionship/supervision with patients.
  • Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to completing safety checks, keeping the patient room clean and organized, cleaning patient-specific equipment, changing bed linens, and emptying linen hampers. 
  • 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 Care Attendant position, and stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas. 
  • Delivers patient nourishments, fills water pitchers, and distributes patient mail as applicable if not directly with patient.
  • Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status. 
  • 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 Care Attendant role to emergent situations. 
  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. 
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction. Identifies and communicates learning needs to the direct supervisor. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. 
  • Demonstrates understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence, and impairment in the workplace. 
  • Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace. 
  • 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.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • If no previous patient care training, successful completion of UPMC care attendant (sitter) 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.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Basic Life Support or Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation

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