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SHC - Patient Care Associate, 24 Hour Night Rotating Shift at Spaulding HospitalBoston & Cambridge(SRN,SRH,SHC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted in Other 7 days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Under the direction of a registered/licensed nurse (RN), the PCA as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team assists in clinical support functions to promote a safe, compassionate patient care environment.


1.Assists with meeting direct patient care needs
2.Consistently fosters a healing environment with respect and kindness demonstrating respect for all individuals with sensitivity to cultural diversity
3.Contributes to the plan of care through ongoing communication with the RN
4.Assists with patient data and specimen collection
5.Assists with equipment preparation and set up
6.Supports a Culture of Safety by providing a safe and comfortable patient/family experience where risks are reduced and/or eliminated
6.1.Completes hourly patient care rounds, anticipating patient needs proactively
6.2.Maintains patient and family privacy and confidentiality
6.3.Responds to patient and family requests, including answering patient call lights in a timely manner
6.4.Seeks registered nurse assistance to meet patient/family needs when necessary.
6.5.Communicates in a respectful manner with all members of the interdisciplinary team
6.6.Monitors patient and environment for safety concerns and immediately reports changes to RN/licensed nurse
6.7.Maintains a safe and clean patient care environment
6.8.Follows Infection Prevention Practices
a.Proper hand washing demonstrated 100% of the time
b.Utilizes 2 patient identifiers for proper patient identification prior to all specimen collections
6.9 Follows Safe Patient Handling principles to maintain safety for both patients and staff
7.Documents aspects of care on approved forms or electronic medical record
8.Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary team to meet patient/family and unit/department needs
9.Proactively provides assistance to others
10.Performs delegated responsibilities and demonstrates willingness to adapt to changing unit demands
11.Provides care appropriate to age group of patients on assigned unit(s) as described in the relevant unit profiles
12.Mentoring and teaching is provided for new PCAs to meet performance expectations
13.Other duties as assigned

In collaboration with the Nursing Manager/Director and Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nursing Practice Specialist/Nursing Professional Development Specialist identifies and meets learning needs. Completes annual required training and updates knowledge through periodic inservices.

Direct Patient Care:
Assists with activities of daily living (i.e. personal hygiene/grooming, bathing/showering, toileting, dressing, and functionality/mobility)
Sets up food trays and assist patients with meals as indicated
Performs preventative skin care
Assists patients with positioning, turning, mobilization, ambulation, passive and active range of motion per plan of care
Applies/removes pneumatic sequential compression sleeves
Adheres to standard precautions
Adheres to hand hygiene guidelines
Assists with admission/discharge process
Provides safe patient transportation
Orients patients and families/visitors to surroundings
Ensures safekeeping of patient valuables including packing and storing
Checks patients for ID bands, and notifies nurse if replacement is needed

Patient Data and Specimen Collection:
Utilizes 2 patient identifiers for proper patient identification prior to all specimen collections
Obtains and records vital signs, pulse oximetry and non-invasive B/P and immediately reports changes to RN/licensed nurse
Performs blood glucose testing

Retrieves equipment from other areas
Cleans equipment between patient use
Follows equipment management protocols on assigned unit for patient use:
Cardiac monitors
Portable oxygen cylinder
Nasal cannula/face mask
Pulse oximeter and probe
Suction canister-liner system
Patient lifting equipment
Scales: Standing/Chair/Wheelchair
Provides a Safe and Comfortable Patient/Family experience
Adheres to service excellence standards during care provision with respectful, courteous, culturally sensitive care
Responds to call lights in a timely manner and prioritizes call light response appropriately
Participates in hourly rounding per unit protocol
Provides constant observation for patients at risk for injury in person or virtually
Reapplies soft restraints/roll belt per unit protocol
Uses principles of Safe Patient Handling

Documentation on Approved Forms and in Medical Record
Records intake of fluids and food
Records height and weight
Records output of urine, stool, vomitus, and drain output
Records vital signs, pulse oximetry and noninvasive BPs
Records blood glucose results


Certification as a Nursing Assistant at time of hire required at McLean Hospital Geriatric/Psych Unit and at the Partners Academic Medical Centers including MGH, BWH, and BWFH, NSMC Union Hospital only
Certification as a Nursing Assistant at time of hire within the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network or within 120 days of employment and must remain active thereafter, OR
Nursing student currently enrolled in a formal nursing program who has successfully completed at least one clinical rotation
Certified Nursing Assistants employed as of June 1, 2018 with ten (10) or more years of service in this role are exempt from this requirement except for SRB which requires certification due to mandated DPH regulatory requirements.


Minimum Required:
High school diploma, GED or equivalent

SRN is committed to diversity in the workplace which begins with respect and opportunity for all. PHH takes affirmative action to ensure that equal employment opportunity is provided to all persons regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability or any other basis that would be inconsistent with any applicable ordinance or law.