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Casual Patient Care Technician Opportunities – Nursing Students!

  • Job ID: 220001EQ
  • Status: Casual
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Variable
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Resource Unit
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.50 to $23.66 / hour

Description

Are you a current nursing student looking to gain valuable patient care experience while in school? If so, you might be a great fit for this position! Working in a patient support role while in school provides valuable experience for your future career as a nurse!

UPMC Altoona is hiring casual Patient Care Technicians to help support our Resource Unit. The Resource Unit supports various departments throughout the hospital based on need. This is a great opportunity for exposure to several specialties!

Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) are vital partners in the patient care provided at UPMC. They work on patient care units and perform a variety of important basic and advanced skills. They work closely and continuously with patients, partnering with nurses and other professionals, to make a big difference in how patients recover and experience their hospital stay. 

Casual PCTs can work a very flexible schedule, typically only requiring 8 hours per month.

Applicants are required to either have completed one semester of clinical rotations, have a bachelor's degree in a health sciences field, or have one year of patient care experience. If you are a nursing student but do not meet these qualifications, please consider our various other entry level support opportunities, such as Care Attendants, Health Unit Coordinators, or Transporters!


Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
  • Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understand policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.
  • Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
  • Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.
  • Responds within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations.
  • Takes action to improve knowledge, skills, and performance.
  • Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and report changes in patient status.
  • Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.
  • Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
  • Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director.
  • Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
  • Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the department and patient rooms clean and organized, cleaning department specific equipment, changing bed linens, emptying linen hampers, keeping hallways clear of equipment and returning equipment.
  • Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by the unit director.
  • Suggests and support changes within the department.
  • Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays, and transporting patients.
  • Provides direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients.
  • Acquires and distribute 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 nursing assistant position and stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas.
  • Performs routine tests such as blood glucose monitoring, patient weights, vital signs and I&Os.
  • Constructively receives feedback and direction.
  • Provides companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
  • Delivers patient nourishments, fill water pitchers and distribute patient mail.
  • May apply, monitor, and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol. Provide diversion activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.
  • Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  
  • Must also have either:
    • a) 1 Year of Experience, OR
    • b) enrollment in RN/PT/OT/PA program or related healthcare training program with completion of at least one clinical rotation, OR
    • c) completion of a bachelor's degree in a health sciences field.
  • Successful completion of UPMC patient care technician class
  • 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) based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
  • 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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