PCA - Personal Care Attendant
The PCA performs various duties to assist the professional nursing staff with routine patient care needs, communication, comfort, safety, documentation, and treatments. Works under direction and general supervision of the Nurse Manager, Charge Nurse, or Registered Nurse as required and according to established nursing policies and procedures. Ensures quality and safe delivery of care to patients in the following age groups: All ages - Neonate, Infancy, Toddler, Preschool, School Age, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. BASIC PATIENT CARE:
Provides patients with physical, emotional, and spiritual care using appropriate resources according to nursing policy and procedures (i.e., bathing, bedmaking, positioning, ADLs, skin care, incontinence care, toileting rounds every 2 hours).
Administers treatments and procedures as ordered by physician and following policy and procedures (i.e., vital signs, collecting catheter, sputum, and stool specimens, TEDs, sequential compression boots, applications of heat and cold, sitz baths, simple wound care, D/C, Foley Catheter and saline lock, admission and discharge, and post mortem care).
3. PATIENT ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY:
Follows and adheres to standards of infection control in the care of all patients. Reduces risks to patients, other employees, and self through use of proper body mechanics. Demonstrates workplace pride by maintaining patient areas in a neat and orderly condition (i.e., answers call lights in a timely manner, empties linens and fills carts, and keeps table tops free of trash). In the event of emergencies (fires, Code Blue, Code Purple, and stat calls), performs assigned duties under the direction of the Nurse Manager or Charge Nurse.
4. COMMUNICATION/CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Reports patient complaints to Charge Nurse in a timely manner. Observes and reports any unusual changes in the physical or mental status of patients to the Charge Nurse as situations necessitate. Communicates with patients, families, and other appropriate members of the health team in a courteous and timely manner and following established guidelines and nursing policies and procedures. Refers unusual problems to supervisor as required. Meets Hospital customer service behaviors as they relate to the ten commitments, using scripting as indicated.
Ensure accurate patient documentation according to established nursing policies and procedures.
Almost constant standing, walking, and pushing and lifting of patients, materials, and supplies. Works in difficult positions while assisting in positioning or lifting patients. Exposure to patient elements during course of duties.
- Current CNA certificate (MA)
- Experience working in an acute care setting preferred
- Excellent interpersonal skills
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