PACU Patient Care Technician 11a-7:30p (CNA or EMT Cert Required, Any State)

WASHINGTON, District of Columbia
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 20, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Surgical Services at the main hospital campus is equipped and available to provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week surgical care.

The Perioperative Services Department consists of the following areas:

•           Surgery Preparation

•           Operating Rooms (17 O.R.’s and 2 Procedure Rooms)

•           Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU-12 prep and 35 post anesthesia bays)

•           Sterile Processing Department (SPD)

•           Radiology

•           Endoscopy

In our delivery of care we aim for quality healthcare that is: patient centered, safe, timely, efficient, equitable, and effective. The department is engaged in quality, performance improvement and research to provide care that has the patient and family in mind. 

Perioperative Services’ mission is facilitated through a culture of safety. The focus of care is on the patient, family, and the environment. The department strives for an environment that enables the provision for safe patient care, excellence in performance, improvement in our process, and positive health outcomes. 

Children’s National surgery center performs nearly 17,000 procedures each year on infants, children and adolescents, including kidney transplants, scoliosis, hernia repairs, and procedures to treat disorders and abnormalities of the esophagus and trachea. Other special services include corneal implants and cataract surgeries, and we specialize in cochlear implant for the ear. Children’s surgeons perform laser surgery and employ many types of minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.  

Children’s National has a world-class team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and support staff who have developed a variety of programs designed with children in mind. One of our newest additions is the DaVinci robot and MRI suite.


Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED (Required)

Minimum Work Experience
1 year Experience in a health care setting, if possible pediatrics; CNA or EMT certification from any state required or one semester clinical experience completed at an accredited school of nursing or military corpsman training.  

Required Skills/Knowledge
Basic computer skills (typing, use of mouse, e-mail).
Knowledge of aseptic technique.
Basic calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
Human relations and interpersonal skills.

Required Licenses and Certifications
Patient Care Technician (CPCT) (Required)
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider (BLS) (Required)

Functional Accountabilities
Patient Services - Admission


  • Include but not limited to-orienting family to use of call lights, monitor and unit.


  • Set up of monitor and alarms.
  • Perform vital signs, height, weight and head circumference.

Patient Services - Daily Living


  • Patient ADL’s include but not limited to daily bath, skin care with mouth care and peri-care.


  • Ensure proper nutrition as ordered (ng, gt, or tray).
  • Care of tube feeding and feeding of patients.
  • Application of skin creams as directed by RN.
  • Collection of cultures, urine and stool samples, etc.

Direct Patient Care


  • Recognize and report pain and skin breakdown.


  • Prioritize tasks and special requests from RN.
  • Assist in performance of trach care and EVDs.
  • Assist with central line dressing, pin care, cast and traction care and care for dying patients.
  • Assist with preparation of room for discharge and admission; assist with patient flow by maintaining a neat and orderly environment.
  • Obtain equipment and supplies and maintain PAR levels.

Monitor Surveillance


  • Observe and alert RN when there are monitor deviations


  • When assigned to monitor bank will follow the monitor guidelines to dress code and professionalism.

Infection Control


  • Care for isolation patients.


  • Adherence to hand washing before and after every patient.
  • Clean equipment after each patient’s use.



  • Document on nursing database, flow sheets and vital signs in a timely manner and notify appropriate charge nurse in computer or chart as suitable.

Communication/ Professionalism



  • Communicate effectively with RN and team members to achieve goals by reporting any changes, abnormal findings, and participate in beginning and end of shift reporting.


  • Maintain professional relationships with patients and families.
  • Resolve conflict with co-workers appropriately.
  • Support a family-centered care environment.
  • Communicate with RN on all patient care activities at least every hour; notify charge nurse when leaving and returning to the unit for any reason.
  • Demonstrate non-judgmental behavior.

Shared Leadership


  • Keep informed about council meetings and unit issues.


  • Participate in shared decision making through contributing to unit discussion and support shared leadership decisions.



  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance


  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Organizational Accountabilities


  • Unit communications associate follows all Hospital / Departmental policies/procedures.


  • Remain on unit during assigned shift, notify Charge Nurse and appropriate staff members when leaving the unit for patient care related errands; leave patient care area only when assigned shift is completed, replacement staff member is present, and report is given.
  • Use designated staff areas for eating, smoking, and socializing (perform only during assigned breaks).
  • Work area is left in a neat and organized fashion.
  • Use downtime productively during shift.
  • Attend mandatory in-service/educational programs to learn about new procedures, skills, products, equipment; attend staff meetings.

Organizational Commitment/Identification


  • Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization


  • Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  • Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times

Customer Service


  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met




  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior


  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving


  • Contribute to a positive work environment


  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility


  • Use resources efficiently


  • Search for less costly ways of doing things

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