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Patient Care Tech (PCT) - Med/Surg - Days (Rotating Weekends)

Austin, TX, United States

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Description

SHIFT: Days (rotating weekends)

SCHEDULE: Full-time

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2014. The 378-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility is dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. In 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.


The Patient Care Technician performs a variety of basic care services related to activities of daily living under the direct supervision of a registered nurse (RN) and/or licensed vocational nurse (LVN).  The Patient Care Technician assists the nursing staff in providing patient care according to hospital policies and procedures.  The Patient Care Technician accepts assignments on other units when necessary. The Patient Care Technician assists in maintaining a clean, well organized and adequately stocked patient care unit. Employee’s conduct must reflect the Company’s values and a commitment to the Code of Conduct ethics and compliance program. Acts with honesty and integrity.  Treats colleagues, customers, patients and families with respect, loyalty and dignity.  Roles may differ on specific units or facilities based upon needs of department. Participates in providing patient specific care standards as directed, and follows service excellence standards to ensure high levels of patient satisfaction.

 


ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  •  Participates in providing direct care as directed, according to standards
  •  Can work with people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds
  •  Communicates all findings in the correct/concise/clear written and or verbal format
  • Can recognize abnormal findings i.e. VS, Skin changes, I&O, etc. and report findings to the nurse
  • Can recognize and respond appropriately in an emergency situation
  • Applies knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span to identify patient and family requirements relative to age-specific needs
  • Functions as a sitter, when appropriate
  • Can perform skills to support direct care
  • Can organize, set priorities and manage multiple priorities
  • Can adjust to a rapidly changing work environment
  • Can maintain a clean, well organized and adequately stocked patient care area
  • Maintains equipment in good working order
  • Submits requests for repair appropriately
  • Uses and charges supplies appropriately
  • Can input physician orders, as appropriate
  • Can operate the patient call system
  • Answers and transfers phone calls. Break down and/or copies charts/forms as needed
  • Acts as preceptor for new, floating and cross-training PCT’s
  • Have knowledge of limited role of medication security, handling, storage and transport of non-narcotic medications under the approval and direction of a supervisor
  • Phlebotomy for lab specimens, blood cultures
  • Foley catheter care and removal.
  • Nasal swabs
  • Assists with surgical aseptic/sterile procedures maintaining sterile/aseptic technique
  • Assist with set up of equipment as needed
  • Sitting Duties, as appropriate (for suicidal and non-suicidal patients)
  • Maintains visual contact with the patient at all times
  • Never leaves the patient unattended even when patient has visitors. Sitter must remain Never leaves patient in bathroom alone, especially suicidal patients
  • Patient may not leave the floor except for diagnostic procedures and will be accompanied by the sitter at all times
  • Checks the patient room for unsafe items such as razor blades, matches, cigarette lighters, glass receptacles, metal eating utensils, etc, at the beginning of each shift and after any visitors have been present
  • Collects meal utensils after each meal and removes from room
  • Communicates patient behavior or statements referencing harm to nurse
  • Uses the call light or phone for any assistance. Pulls the call light out of the socket or uses emergency call light in an emergency
  • Documents observations at least every 15 minutes or more often if heightened observation level
  • Is familiar with the plan of care
  • Can follow instructions for the care performed
  • Communicates to the nurse any data appropriate to the plan of care
  • Provides meaningful input to the evaluation
  • Communicates information to RN and LVN for evaluation of patient care

 


Qualifications

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

 

Required        

High School Diploma or equivalent or proof of higher level of education required if hired after September 2010; Successful completion of week one PCT Intensive Training upon hire. Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or, EMT certification, or minimum of first year nursing student or minimum of one year PCT experience or successful completion of  two week PCT Intensive Training

 

Preferred

Previous experience as a PCT II, CNA, or second year nursing student, including acute care hospital experience and specific experience in the clinical services provided by the unit.


Facility: St. David's North Austin Medical Center
Job ID: 08224-65898
Category: Nursing Support
Contract: Full-time
Shift: Days (rotating weekends)
Job Class: Regular

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