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Patient Care Technician / PCT IMCU

Company: BSA Hospital
Location: Amarillo
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

OverviewPatient Care Technician III, PCT Intermediate Care - Stepdown, Full-Time, Nights -The Cardio-IMCU Department is a 30 bed patient care Department that is broken into two sections based on acuity and patient diagnosis: A 12-bed IMCU (critical care step-down unit) and a 18-bed Cardiology unit. Although this is a single cost center, the two pieces of Cardio-IMCU will contain their own admission/discharge criteria. The admission criteria/patient population will essentially be:

  • Cardiology will be admitting patients with cardiac-related primary and/or secondary diagnosis as well as rule-out chest pain patients including such patients as non-emergent post heart-cath/procedure patients, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, etc. The nurses on this unit will manage some cardiac-related infusions, such as established Amiodarone, Milrinone, Bumex, Lasix, Heparin, etc.
  • IMCU will care for patients who require a level of care higher than the inpatient floors can provide, but who do not warrant admission to the Intensive Care Unit. These patients have a very wide range of diagnosis, and require specialty medication infusion, specialty oxygen delivery devices, and continuous monitoring of vital signs.The staff of Cardio-IMCU will consist of Patient Care Technicians, Staff RN, Shift Supervisors, and a Manager/Educator. Each staff member will undergo an exciting and structured orientation in which they are trained to care for every patient placed on both the IMCU and Cardiology portions of the unit. ResponsibilitiesThe Patient Care Technician provides basic patient care under nursing supervision and observes the patients' progress to report to the licensed nursing staff (RN and LVN's). The PCT will assist with patient care and comfort, hygiene and ADL's (Activities of Daily Living) including bed baths and/or showers, restroom assistance, nutrition/eating, obtain vital signs, and collect specimens for lab test. The PCT provides linen changes and basic housekeeping as needed for the patient, mobility, transport, and ensures patient safety with prompt response to patient request and call lights. -Patient coverage assignments are 10 - 15 patients per PCT based on unit census with some 1:1 patient coverage assignments as needed. The PCT will assist with the management and flow of the unit by assisting with admits, discharges, transfer/transport patients, electronic patient documentation, answers telephones, collect and delivers specimens.Job Duties
    • Work in partnership with the registered nurse to support the delivery of care in a safe patient environment that promotes caring and healing.
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills necessary to communicate appropriately and carry out delegated tasks for patients under the supervision of a registered nurse.
    • Document data as directed, and report observations and patient concerns to the registered nurse.
    • Ensure all safety precautions are observed including making sure call light is within reach, bed alarms are used as appropriate, side rails are up, bed is in lowest position, seat belts are in place, etc.
    • Obtain and record patients' vital signs.
    • Monitor patients and report patients' condition at regular intervals and prior to completion of shift, and promptly report any signs or symptoms of concern to appropriate party.
    • Ensure accurate documentation of observations and interventions in the medical record.
    • Respond promptly to all call lights.
    • Assist patients with mobility and basic tasks, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and other ADLs.
    • Collect specimens for lab tests which may include nasal swabs and or wound cultures.
    • Perform glucometer testing.
    • Perform foley and external catheter care and placement.
    • Provide basic patient transport.
    • Discontinue peripheral IV's.
    • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve IV pump alarms.
    • Provide basic housekeeping duties as needed.
    • Assist in maintaining a clean, safe, and orderly environment for patients and staff.
    • Assist in preparing and stripping rooms as needed.
    • Participate in Purposeful Hourly Rounding and Bedside Shift Report as directed.
    • Perform direct and indirect patient care duties as assigned and may provide clerical support to assigned unit.
    • Maintain unit records and orders/stocks routine supplies for the unit.
    • Measures and records patients' intake and output and other measurements in accordance with unit routines and as directed by registered nurse.
    • Assists patients with range of motion.
    • May perform preceptor duties.
    • Performs and demonstrates proficiency in phlebotomy.
    • Performs ECG as ordered.
    • Aseptically inserts and discontinues Foley catheters and performs in and out catheterization.
    • Performs suture/staple removal and splinting of extremities as directed by registered nurse.
    • May remove patient drains, such as JP drain and or NG tube.
    • Change or apply ostomy appliance.
    • Independently transcribes orders and schedules diagnostic and therapeutic services.
    • Coordinates communications and activities; acts as a receptionist by greeting and/or directing patients, visitors, physicians and other individuals and groups.
    • Participates in performance improvement activities to enhance and maintain personal and department qualifications and standards of performance.
    • Other duties as assigned.QualificationsLicenses and Certifications:
      • Minimum 18-yrs of age
      • CPR certified from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross -Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
        • Nursing student, currently enrolled and in good standing, in the last year of an ADN and/or BSN nursing program
        • Previous hospital based CNA, Patient Care Tech, and/or Medical Assistant experience desired -
        • Acute care setting of patient drains, tubes, and specimen collection
        • Acute care setting of infection control protocols
        • Vital signs; manual blood pressure, heights/weights, O2 stats, I& O calculations, Glucose monitoring
        • Ability to recognize important patient observations and communicate it to the appropriate team member
        • Ability to manipulate, position, transfer and ambulate various size patients both full assist or partial assist
        • Basic addition and subtraction skills required
        • Computer skills required; accurate 40+ wpm minimum; EMR EPIC documentation
        • Medical Terminology a plus
        • Prioritize multiple requests
        • Multi-task with ability to handle multiple interruptions
        • Effective and efficient written and verbal communication skills
        • Excellent front-line customer service skills

Keywords: BSA Hospital, Amarillo , Patient Care Technician / PCT IMCU, Professions , Amarillo, Texas

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