Reports to the Director, Patient Care Services. Performs designated patient care services under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Specific tasks to be performed are determined based upon patient care unit assignment and may include some or all of the duties listed below.MISSION, VALUES and SERVICE GOALS
MISSION: We deliver outstanding care, inspire health, and connect with heart.
VALUES: Trust. Respect. Integrity. Compassion.
SERVICE GOALS: Personally connect. Keep everyone informed. Be on their team.
Performs patient care services by:
Assisting with patient admission (setting up patient room, orienting patient to room and recording basic patient information) and discharge.
Bathing patients, assisting with oral hygiene, making beds, straightening rooms and providing ongoing care throughout the shift.
Giving, placing and emptying bedpans/urinals/commodes.
Turning, positioning, moving, lifting, transferring and ambulating patients (including chest tube patients); also assisting with range of motion exercises using proper techniques.
Preparing patients for meals (feeding or assisting); distributing and collecting meal trays.
Taking and recording vital signs including temperatures, blood pressure, pulse and respirations; also measuring and recording standing or bed scale weights.
Answering patient call lights, addressing the need and/or relaying messages appropriately.
Participates in patient care treatments and procedures by:
Performing skin care including cleaning patient's skin, surgical/procedural skin preps (clips, shaves, etc.) and applying skin products under the direction of a Registered Nurse.
Performing wound care including sterile/unsterile dressing changes, hot/cold applications, suture/staple removal and documenting observations on the medical record.
Conducting, performing and recording procedures (i.e., catheter insertion or removal, blood glucose monitoring, external monitors, hematest, incentive spirometry, sputum collection, IV site observation, , discontinuing peripheral IVs/reseals, NG suction set-up, maintaining/adding feeding, recording intake, cardiac monitoring, EKGs, checking arterial pressure lines, implementing deep vein thrombosis prevention measures, etc.) as directed by a Registered Nurse.
Emptying, measuring and recording foley, ileostomy/colostomy and/or gastric drainage bags and making ostomy pouch/dressing changes (established); emptying or changing oral suction containers; also recording, calculating and totaling intake and output records.
Preparing and administering perineal (catheter) care, ice bags/collars and non-medicated enemas as assigned.
Performing emergency procedures including calling a Code Blue, gathering equipment, performing CPR and using AED.
Implementing isolation precautions including standard precautions, respiratory or strict isolation.
Obtaining specimens as directed including urine, stool, hemoccult, gastroccult, sputum and nasal cultures (including MRSA).
Assisting with post mortem care as directed by RN.
Supports the patient care unit by:
Observing, reporting and following up on patient complaints, unusual behavior, abnormal condition changes, incidents, concerns, questions or complaints expressed by patient, family or v isitors.
Transporting patients and delivering and returning equipment or supplies.
Maintaining supply levels by observing and reporting necessary orders and placing supplies in the proper place when delivered.
Cleaning and maintaining equipment during and after use (IVACs and isolation equipment).
Maintaining neat and orderly patient care areas (linen removed from patient rooms and commodes and urinals emptied).
Maintaining clean and orderly work areas (clean and soiled utility rooms, kitchen area).
Performs other functions to maintain personal competence and contribute to the overall effectiveness of the department by:
Completing other job-related duties and projects as assigned.
Associate complies with the following organizational requirements:
Attends and participates in department meetings and is accountable for all information shared.
Completes mandatory education, annual competencies and department specific education within established timeframes.
Completes annual employee health requirements within established timeframes.
Maintains license/certification, registration in good standing throughout fiscal year.
Direct patient care providers are required to maintain current BCLS (CPR) and other certifications as required by position/department.
Consistently utilizes appropriate universal precautions, protective equipment, and ergonomic techniques to protect patient and self.
Adheres to regulatory agency requirements, survey process and compliance.
Complies with established organization and department policies.
Available to work overtime in addition to working additional or other shifts and schedules when required.
Commitment to Beacon's six-point Operating System, referred to as The Beacon Way:
Leverage innovation everywhere.
Cultivate human talent.
Embrace performance improvement.
Build greatness through accountability.
Use information to improve and advance.
Communicate clearly and continuously.
Education and Experience
The knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated below are acquired through the successful completion of a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous patient care experience desired. A Nurse Assistant certification is preferred.
Knowledge & Skills
Demonstrates ability to read, legibly print or write, correctly spell medical and non-medical terms and understand and follow verbal and written instructions.
Requires an understanding of medical terminology.
Demonstrates math skills necessary to add, subtract, multiply, divide, use fractions and calculate percentages (for example, weigh patients and take pulses, respirations, etc.).
Demonstrates communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with patients, visitors and co-workers and to maintain positive working relationships.
Requires proficiency in basic computer skills and sufficient keyboarding skills to complete the work assigned accurately and in a reasonable amount of time.
Requires the ability to work independently, take initiative and be self-motivated.
Works in a patient care environment requiring physical exertion, frequent changes in job demands, certain undesirable patient care activities and possible exposure to bio-hazards.
Requires the physical ability and stamina (i.e. to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time, push carts/wheelchairs up to 50 pounds, to position/lift patients at a maximum of 35 pounds unassisted, over 35 pounds requires assistance, provide CPR, etc.) to perform the essential functions of the position. Also may require doing heavy work which includes holding or positioning objects for prolonged periods of time.