PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN-PT-78700-NIGHTS

Nursing 78700 - Nursing Ancillary Part-Time Nights 8 Hour 2300


Description

Under the direction of the RN, the technician works cooperatively with all team members to provide direct (basic) patient care, transport services and general support duties. The technician is responsible and accountable for all patient care given and must adhere to all standards of care within the scope of practice identified.

Core Competencies

Keeps units free of hazards/clutter and ensures that pathways and corridor walkways are clear.
Receives report from the RN before beginning assignment.
Utilizes Safe Patient Handling
Implements the patient care plan by providing direct patient care using AIDET during all forms of communication for assigned patients and all other encounters with patients/families and other departments, including but not limited to patient care, transport, repositioning, answering phones and responding to call lights.
Informs RN of new or unfamiliar condition changes, establishes patient care priorities with RN to address the specific patient care situations.
Identifies self using AIDET to patient and family/visitors at the beginning of the shift and updates patient white board with care team and contact information.

Identifies patients using identity band to verify the name and date of birth. Verifies medical record number prior to blood administration.
Performs vital signs per physician order or unit policy, documents and notifies RN of any change or abnormal findings timely..
Applies and monitors oxygen as directed by the RN.
Orients/instructs patient/family regarding the physical environment, call light, phone, meals/snacks, open visitation, smoke free campus and call - don't fall pledge
Ensures that comfort supplies are easily accessible, e.g. tissues, water, grooming supplies.
Inventories and documents patient belongings in the medical record, on admission, transfer and discharge ensuring safe disposition.
Prepares room for admission including disassembling room after transfers or discharges, eg empties suction canisters, cleans commodes, removes all equipment and supplies and restocks.
Collects specimens as instructed using appropriate technique.
Assists/performs treatments as directed by RN including: weight application, ambulation, foley care, application of binders, application of orthopedic devices, sitz baths, and others as directed.
Performs Point of Care testing, quality control and maintenance procedures including downloading data on glucose monitoring devices.
Applies, monitors and documents the use of restraints.
Assists with postoperative coughing, turning, and deep breathing.
Applies EKG leads to patients and sets up monitors, performs basic and 12 lead EKG's when the EKG technician is not available and follows Cardiology Department procedure to file and record EKG. Provides RN with EKG printout immediately.
Prepares patient for examinations and treatments, draping, setting up equipment and stocking supplies for bedside procedures.
Obtains blood and blood products from Blood Bank according to policies and procedures.
Provides break coverage for unit secretaries or other PCT’s and comparable positions
Assists patients and families and refers questions to the RN for follow-up.
Activates and participates in emergency response situations as directed by policy.
Performs purposeful hourly rounding and documents in the record actions or observations of the rounds.
Applies physical pressure after A-line removal by RN or MD; records pedal pulses (ICCU only).
Assists the MD or RN to apply skin traction (bucks, bryant, cervical, pelvic, balanced suspension) according to MD orders: Sets up traction bars, orthopedic devices and trapezes per MD orders: Arm sling, Cervical collar, Braces, Immobilizers, CPM, Hot ice machine, Sequential stockings, Abduction pillows. Assists with cast removal when Ortho tech is not on duty.
Implements the patient care plan by providing direct patient care for those patients assigned including but not limited to the following activities: gives baths, oral hygiene, skin care, backrubs, assists patients to and from bathroom, positions patients and changes position appropriately according to care plan instructions, ensures patients receive prescribed diet, assists with feedings as needed, places tray conveniently, collects specimens as instructed using appropriate technique, takes vital signs and notifies RN of any change or abnormal finding, assists/performs treatments as directed by RN/LVN including: foley care, application of binders, FSBS, sitz baths, and post mortem care, others as directed.
Assists with transfers ensuring secure and complete transfer: collects personal belongings, assists patient to wheelchair/gurney, accompanies patient to new room, provides patient with call light
Reports any problems with equipment to the house supervisor. Assists the house supervisor/nurse manager when families wish to view bodies: removes body from morgue and places in the viewing room. Ensures that the area is clean and prepared for the family. Ensures linen on the patient is clean. Prepares the body to be viewed, eg open shroud, adjust lighting.
Transports deceased patients to the morgue: identifies the body per policy.
Documents accurately on I and O sheets all intake and output for assigned shift, including gomco, suction, hemovac, T-tubes and foley outputs, NG Tubes, colostomy and rectal bag drainage.
Maintains a safe working environment: ensures unit equipment accounted for and in good working order with support of Biomed Department, ensures beds are in low position and locked at all times, assists patients with moving/ambulating as needed, keeps room free of clutter, observes all safety guidelines, ensures corridor walkways are free of equipment/clutter (eg clean core), keeps hallway clear
Answers the telephone and patient call system promptly and courteously and relays calls/messages to the appropriate person in a timely manner.
Ensures bedrails are up on medicated patients.
Maintains traction equipment in good order and stores in a safe manner.
Demonstrates that all patients are considered to be at risk for falls and will have the following fall precautions: bed or gurney locked at all times, side rails up, call light within reach if available, ensures safe patient transfers, assists with ambulation as needed, environment free of clutter.
Alerts appropriate resource of faulty or broken equipment.
Understands role in maintaining medication security to authorized personnel only.
Assists in maintaining a well functioning unit by: orders appropriate supplies for patient care, refills nurse servers, places charge documents in appropriate place, removes broken equipment per policy, assures all equipment is in good working order including testing and calibrating accurately.
Adheres to infection prevention guidelines: Uses good hand washing technique, foam in and out of room. Adheres to isolation policy. Disposes of infectious waste properly.
Demonstrates competency in interpersonal relationships and populations served as this applies to job functions and clinical areas assigned.

Department Specific Competencies

Education

DegreeProgram
High School Diploma/GED or Higher EducationN/A
Additional Information
• High School diploma/GED or Higher Education required and meet any of the following:
;• CNA certification
;• Successful completion of first semester enrolled in RN program or a graduate from a RN Program and awaiting next in-
; house New Grad Residency Program application process,
;• Current certification as National Registry EMT or LA County EMT
;• Current paramedic license issued by the State of California EMS Authority (EMSA)
;• Certified Medical Assistant

Experience

Number of Years ExperienceType of Experience
N/A
Additional Information
N/A

License / Certification Requirements

BCLS or ACLS Certification within 6 months of hire from the Amercian Heart Assoc