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Full time
Job Category:
Patient Care Tech (PCT) or Certified Nurse Assistant...
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Job Description

Heart Hospital of Austin 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. Heart Hospital of Austin -home to one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research programs in the world-is a 58- bed hospital with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, an advanced Executive Wellness Program, five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiology labs. It is one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Healthgrades awarded Heart Hospital of Austin, in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center, the 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™-, 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™- and the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™--a unique trio of awards that only three hospitals in the nation were able to achieve. Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for nine years and to Truven's list of 100 Top Hospitals for four years, in conjunction with St. David's Medical Center.

Position Description

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.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Performs direct patient care:

* 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 ie 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

Performs indirect patient care:

* 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

* Can operate the patient call system

* Answers and transfers phone calls. Break down and/or copies charts/forms as needed

* Acts as an orientation preceptor for new and cross-training PCT I and PCT II employees

* Have knowledge of limited role of medication security, handling, storage and transport of non-narcotic medications under the approval and direction of a supervisor

Participates in the plan of care:

* Is familiar with the plan of care

* Can follow instructions for the care performed

* Communicates to the registered nurse and licensed vocational nurse any data appropriate to the plan of care

Technical skills: (as required by facility/unit/dept.)

* Phlebotomy for lab specimens, blood cultures

* Nasopharyngeal suctioning

* Foley catheterization, catheter care and removal.

* Bladder scanner

* Irrigations (non-medicated) eyes and ears.

* Nasal swabs

* Assists with surgical aseptic/sterile procedures maintaining sterile/aseptic technique

* Assist with set up of equipment as needed

* Application and adjustment of CPM & SCM, TED hoses; application of Buck's traction

* Set up for Telemetry, monitoring EKG rhythm strips, obtain 12 lead EKG

* Orthopedic splinting

* Emergency: participates CPR and Dr. Leo, crash cart and pediatric equipment location

* Assist with postmortem care

* Completes unit specific competency and age-specific competency requirements

Education and Experience

Required: High School Diploma or equivalent

Preferred: Completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), or Completion of 1st semester nursing program, or Previous experience as a PCT II, NA, or CA; minimum of 1 year experience in the hospital setting as a nursing assistant or PCT.

Licenses and Certificates

Required: BLS certification

Preferred: Certified Nurses Assistant certification