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Senior Patient Care Technician - PUH Emergency Department

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Are you looking to take the next step in your healthcare career? As a Patient Care Technician - Senior with UPMC, you'll make a meaningful impact on our team by providing high-quality patient care while elevating your patient care skills! With a premier benefits package and endless opportunities for growth, check out our Nursing Support career ladder today to see how you can make a difference with UPMC!

 

UPMC Presbyterian is seeking a full-time Senior Patient Care Technician to support the Emergency Department at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital! The UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Department includes a Trauma Center, a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and a Post-Cardiac Arrest team.

Senior Patient Care Technicians are required to work rotating12-hour shifts, which include daylight, evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday shifts. 

All hired candidates will complete a mandatory training course. This is a paid training program that is conducted during weekdays and daylight hours, with a combination of virtual and in-person days. Attendance is mandatory for the entire training.

Senior Patient Care Technicians provide routine patient care and support the department services in accordance with established policies and procedures. This role will be directed by nurses and/or physicians to ensure that the highest degree of quality patient care can be maintained at all times.

The Senior Patient Care Technician will be able to perform patient care duties after successfully completing training and annual competencies. Patient care duties may include, but are not limited to, ADLs (bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting, ambulating, turning and repositioning patients, and blood glucose), vital signs, simple dressings, EKGs, bladder scans, Telemetry monitors, IV catheter and Foley catheter removal, and phlebotomy.

Nursing Support Career Ladder

Our goal at UPMC is to help you build your career, starting with our robust career ladder! A Nursing Support career at UPMC Presbyterian maximizes your potential and advances you to wherever you’d like to go, ensuring that you are equipped with resources, mentors, and leadership along the way.

Job title and salary will be based upon qualifications and career ladder requirements:

  • Patient Care Technician:
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • 1 Year of Experience, OR enrollment in PT/OT/PA program or related healthcare training program with completion of at least one clinical rotation, OR completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a health sciences field.
  • Patient Care Technician – Senior and Patient Care Technician – Specialist*:
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • 2 years of healthcare experience, OR 1 year of experience and enrollment in PT/OT/PA program with completion of at least one clinical rotation, OR 1 year of experience and completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in a health sciences field.
    • Annual completion of a professional contribution to be determined after hire.
    • Successful completion of Senior or Specialist training class.
    • *Specialist title determined by specific patient care skills.
  • Patient Care Technician – Lead:
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • 3 years of healthcare experience required.
    • Successful completion of Senior or Specialist training.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the healthcare 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.
  • Ensures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
  • Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays, and transporting patients.
  • Must routinely perform the UPMC core Nursing Assistant responsibilities, including ADLs (bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting, ambulating, and turning and repositioning patients) PLUS point of care testing (inc. blood glucose), weights, vital signs, I&O, telemetry monitor application/reapplication, and HAC & PSI prevention (TEDs/SCDs).
    • In addition, simple dressings, placement and removal of restraints, 12 lead EKG, bladder scan, all specimen collections, as well as IV catheter removal and Foley catheter removal.
    • All competencies must be achieved.
  • Assists with physical, respiratory, and cardiopulmonary therapies.
  • Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status.
  • 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.
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director and takes action to improve knowledge, skills, and performance.
  • Suggests and supports changes within the department.
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and procedures relative to patient care and hospital-related information.
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.
  • Transports cardiac monitored patients within the hospital setting.
  • May insert foley catheters and perform straight catheterization as instructed by RN.
  • May perform IV insertion, removal, and dressing change.
  • Completes department clerical functions, as needed.
  • Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions associated with the job.

 

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must also have either:
    • 2 years of healthcare experience, OR
    • 1 year of experience and enrollment in PT/OT/PA program with completion of at least one clinical rotation, OR
    • 1 year of experience and completion of a Bachelor's Degree in a health sciences field.
  • Annual completion of a professional contribution to be determined after hire.
  • Successful completion of Patient Care Technician-Senior class.
  • Successful completion of basic information system training.
  • Microcomputer experience preferred.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Nursing Student that has completed one clinical rotation preferred.
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Paramedic, or currently enrolled in an EMT or Paramedic program preferred.
  • Successful completion of a basic arrhythmia course and annual competency required.
  • May, in the course of their duties, be in rooms where medications are stored or may transport medications when they transport patients.
    • Transportation of medication is limited from one department to another.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. ACLS preferred.

  • 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

 

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more. 

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