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Full-Time Care Attendant - UPMC Passavant

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UPMC is dedicated to providing each patient with the right care, in the right way, at the right time, every time. Our Care Attendants are essential partners in that mission, enhancing the patient experience at UPMC with positivity and integrity. Join us as we provide Life Changing Medicine to our community. 

ANCC Magnet designated UPMC Passavant is currently hiring a Full-Time Care Attendant to support our 6 Pavilion – Med/Surg Oncology Unit.

We are looking for an individual who can work five 8-hour shifts per week. Some weekend and holiday coverage may be required. This employee will focus on the ambulation and daily care of our thoracic surgery patients.

 

Care Attendants are essential partners in our 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. Care Attendants also provide invaluable aid to nurses and doctors on the unit by completing important skilled tasks. The work of a Care Attendant is both challenging and rewarding, many find this to be a wonderful lifelong career.
 

*Hired candidates will be required to attend orientation (classroom-based and unit-based) at Passavant prior to beginning in this role.


Care Attendants are always encouraged to seek growth and advancement within UPMC. Title and salary will be determined based upon prior experience.

Purpose:

  • Provides limited patient care, support, and observation services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and may be directed by the nurse or physician, to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care is maintained at all times.
  • Must routinely perform the UPMC nursing core responsibilities for Care Attendants: observation, hygiene (bath and oral care), bed making, transfer assistance, and comfort measures.

Responsibilities:

  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
  • Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Contributes to universal patient activities including, but not limited to, responding to telephones, assisting with meal trays, and accompanying patients during transport.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the direct supervisor.
  • 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 direct supervisor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.
  • 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.
  • Provide one-on-one companionship/supervision with patients.

Qualifications

  • 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:

  • 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. Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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Our Values

At UPMC, we’re driven by shared values that guide our work and keep us accountable to one another. Our Values of Quality & Safety, Dignity & Respect, Caring & Listening, Responsibility & Integrity, Excellence & Innovation play a vital role in creating a cohesive, positive experience for our employees, patients, health plan members, and community. Ready to join us? Apply today.

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