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Patient Care Technician (Temporary) – Resource Unit

  • Job ID: 200002KI
  • Status: Casual
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Hours: variable rotating 4 hour shifts
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Resource Unit
  • Location: , Altoona PA
  • Union Position: no
  • Salary Range: $14.79 to $22.56 / hour


Healthcare Heroes Needed ASAP!

Are you a nursing student who has completed at least one clinical rotation in nursing school and have been oriented to UPMC Altoona for clinical rotations? Are you wanting to help the community our hospital serves during the recent surge in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? Let’s talk. We need YOU!

UPMC Altoona, located in Altoona, PA, is hiring multiple Temporary Patient Care Technicians to help support our Resource Unit during this unprecedented time. As a valuable member of our Resource Unit, you will have the opportunity to support a variety of different departments throughout the hospital. Schedule flexibility is needed. These positions will work a variety of rotating, 4-hour shifts (as many as up to 12 hours per day, if you like and are able!)

As a Temporary Patient Care Technician, you’ll provide routine patient care and support the department services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and as directed by the nurse or physician to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care can be maintained at all times. You must routinely perform the UPMC nursing core patient care responsibilities (blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care) AND at least 4 of the following hospital identified tasks: phlebotomy, 12 lead EKG, simple dressing, Foley catheter removal, point of care testing, bladder scan, straight catheter, or IV catheter removal.

Temporary assignments last up to 180 days but can lead to ongoing employment.

As a member of the Resource Pool, you’ll be eligible for a competitive rate of pay. Minimum starting rate is $14.36/hour. Paid training will be provided as needed.

All positions will require successful completion of a criminal background check, any required clearances, and a pre-employment physical and drug screen as part of UPMC’s standard hiring process. If your academic institution has these documents on record, your onboarding may be expedited.

We’re all in this together – and we can’t do it without you!

• 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.


• High school diploma or equivalent.
• Nursing student who has completed at least one clinical rotation in nursing school OR a registered nurse who has a RN license but prefers not to work as a nurse
• Nursing students who have completed clinical orientation to UPMC Altoona strongly preferred
• Successful completion of basic information system training.
• 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:
• 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 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
• Act 33 with renewal
• Act 34 with renewal
• Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

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