Patient Care Assistant, Nights- Progressive Care

Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 13, 2018
Closes
Mar 06, 2018
Specialty
ICU / CCU
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Patient Care Assistant, Nights- Progressive CareGreater Heights Hospital

Job Description
Assists with delegated direct and indirect patient care tasks, under the direction and supervision of a licensed clinician.



MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


Education:  High School diploma or equivalent GED

Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified in Basic Life Support OR Heartsaver CPR with AED within 90 days of employment; AND
  • Certified as a Nursing Assistant by the Texas Department of Health, preferred

Experience/Knowledge/Skills:
  • Six (6) months patient care experience, preferably in an acute care setting; OR
  • No experience if Certified as a Nursing Assistant by the Texas Department of Health; OR
  • In the Emergency Department only, no experience if graduate from EMT (Basic or Intermediate Level) or Paramedic Program
  • Ability to understand verbal and written instruction and communicate clearly and effectively with hospital staff and respond quickly to patient behavioral changes
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations; demonstrates skills for assigned specialty area/function or assigned procedures, including working knowledge of basic medical terminology and computer skills
  • Efficiency in multi-tasking and ability to prioritize simultaneous situations
  • Ability to perform duties requiring prolonged and/or extensive sitting, standing, and walking
  • Ability to use discretion and courtesy when working with patients, visitors, and staff

Demonstrates commitment to the Partners-in-Caring process by integrating our culture in all internal and external customer interactions; delivers on our brand promise of “we advance health” through innovation, accountability, empowerment, collaboration, compassion and results while ensuring one Memorial Hermann.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  • Delivers appropriate indirect and selected direct patient care at a competent level as directed by a licensed clinician within the scope of hospital-approved PCA skills inventory according to the needs and age of the patient/population served
  • Under the guidance of the license clinician, performs direct nursing tasks including taking vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living and hygiene needs, and obtaining certain lab specimens; maintains simple drainage devices; monitors intake and output, and maintains related records; performs skin preps and prepares patients for procedures as directed Identifies and responds to abnormal findings, pertinent changes in the patient’s condition reporting such to the nurse immediately; charts observations and activities
  • Reports any changes in patient’s condition to the patient’s nurse or charge nurse
  • Performs delegated or other specialized functions as educationally prepared; prepares patients for meals and feeds them; performs/assists with baths
  • Transports patients as needed to and from various destinations.
  • Assists with patient admissions, discharges and transfers
  • Participates in a collaborative identification and reporting of patient safety issues, and ensures clean and safe patient environment; seeks assistance with removal of any potential safety hazard from room and reports findings to nurse or charge nurse
  • Participates in hand-off of pertinent information/behavior about assigned patients when arriving on unit and upon completion of shift assignment
  • Demonstrates safe work practices and attitudes; follows safety rules; works to prevent unsafe conditions and behaviors; and participates in organizational and department safety programs.
  • Considers the diverse needs of each patient, providing and ensuring the highest level of service according to established service standards, optimizing the patient experience
  • Ensures safe care to patients, staff and visitors; adheres to all Memorial Hermann policies, procedures, and standards within budgetary specifications including time management, supply management, productivity and quality of service.
  • Promotes individual professional growth and development by meeting requirements for mandatory/continuing education and skills competency; supports department-based goals which contribute to the success of the organization; serves as preceptor, mentor and resource to less experienced staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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