The Patient Care Associate (PCA) is responsible for patient related clerical activities, unit clerical duties, computerized order entry procedures, and other unit activities, as applicable. The PCA must be able to provide and understand the specific communication needs of patients, families, and visitors. Under the direction of a Registered Nurse, the PCA provides focused non-licensed clinical care for patients throughout the age continuum including phlebotomy, basic nursing skills, etc., and environmental assistance to facilitate quality service and improve patient outcomes. The PCA will document and communicate with team members in a timely manner regarding the patient's progress, needs and problems. Collaborates with Leadership in developing and implementing the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Mission, and Goals.
- High School Graduate or equivalent
- Graduate Nurse OR Certificate from an approved multi-skill technician program or deemed competent by the nursing education department OR completion of 1st semester of Nursing Clinicals
- Hospital experience
- Phlebotomy Certificate
Core Job Responsibilities
- Basic Computer Skills
- Assists patients with activities of daily living in a safe, timely and courteous manner.
- Performs personal hygiene care with respect to privacy, dignity and needs of the patient
- Offers back rubs, prepares for mealtimes and sleep hours
- Delivers meals/snacks and water in a timely manner
- Performs vital signs, weights/heights, intake, and outputs, and bedside fingerstick blood glucose with accuracy and within established time frame and/or as requested.
- Communicates in a timely and effective manner through the use of verbal and written communication.
- Provides patient care relative to the age-specific and population needs by demonstrating knowledge of the principles of growth and development and population served.
- Knowledgeable in use of and response to Facility Alerts/Medical Alerts/Medical Emergency Systems
- Identifies areas for improvement and seeks ways to improve self-defined weaknesses
- Remains committed to unit and division goals
- Attends continuing education classes offered at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
- Recognizes and reports changes in patient clinical condition, e.g. change in color, shortness of breath, changes in vital signs, changes in skin integrity, etc.… to appropriate nursing staff.
- Performs proper hand hygiene and PPE donning/doffing.
- Reports risk management concerns to appropriate person
- Performs age-based CPR.
- Follows Infection Control Procedures
- Adheres to proper chain of command.
- Performs, at a minimum, Hourly Rounds and documents in EMR.
- Bedside Shift Report
Additional InformationAt Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care, we believe that recovery is multi-faceted. Patients need a caring, supportive network of experts to help them heal from conditions that require treatment for an average of 25 days. Our nurturing environment supports each patient through his or her journey. Located in the beautiful foothills of the South Carolina Blue Ridge mountains, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care (SHRC) is a licensed freestanding 97-bed, long term acute-care hospital (LTACH) and a licensed 25-bed skilled nursing facility. SHRC is committed to helping patients reach their optimal health goals. The venue is ideal for patients requiring treatment for pulmonary, cardiac, renal, infectious diseases and complex wound treatment. We provide patients with: Long term acute-care (LTACH): focused on patients with serious medical problems that require special treatment, such as wound care, lung conditions, etc. Skilled Nursing Care: designed to help patients who are in the hospital but need skilled care before being discharged home.
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