Patient Care Assistant, Neuroscience Unit
Full Time, 72 Hours Per Pay Period, Night Shift (6:30pm - 7:00am, Rotation of Major and Minor Holiday, Every Other Weekend Required)
At Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center we specialize in neurological treatment and hold the longest running comprehensive stroke certification in the region - we provide full cycle, cutting edge stroke treatment including neurosurgical procedures, and neurointerventional radiology. We are a tertiary referral center for stroke and neurological care, meaning other hospitals trust us with their most complex patients.
The Neuroscience unit (5 North) at Fort Sanders Regional is a 35 private bed unit providing care for patients with neurological symptoms, including patients undergoing neurosurgical interventions and/or procedures. Patients who come to 5 North are often recovering from Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVAs, also known as strokes) or seizures. We specialize in the treatment of the post-operative patient including C fusion operations (posterior and anterior), laminectomy, craniotomies and spinal surgeries.
As a PCA or CNA on our neuro unit, you will perform a variety of tasks such as:
- Taking and recording patient temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights, and intake-output measurements
- Performing phlebotomy; to include correct labeling using two patient identifiers, maintenance of lab-draw supplies, rotating and restocking.
- Promptly answering patient call lights and responding to patient requests
- Providing general care such as positioning, lifting or turning patients; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; preoperative supportive care; and application/removal of abdominal binders or anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices.
- Providing morning or evening care, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other supportive care as needed.
Our staff consists of RNs, LPNs, CNA/PCAs, and HUCs who work together to provide exceptional patient care. In addition to having excellent critical thinking skills, our ideal candidate will also possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
As an organization, we want to grow our employees by promoting a culture of excellence and professionalism. Because of this, all non-certified patient care assistants who are hired at Fort Sanders Regional will be automatically enrolled in our no cost “Growing Excellence through Me” (GEM) program, where they will attend classes and receive training to qualify to sit for their Certified Nursing Assistant exam. Upon receiving a CNA certification, our employees graduate from the GEM program and receive an automatic pay increase.
To learn more about our GEM program visit: https://www.fsregional.com/g-e-m-program-implemented/
If you are passionate about putting patients first apply for our Neuro unit today!
Position Summary: Functions as a direct patient caregiver performing tasks to assist registered nurses. Performs hands-on care, assistance with ADL’s and specified technical tasks for a group of patients under the supervision of the Team Leader.
- Take and record temperature, pulse, respiration rates, blood pressures, weights, heights, and intake-output measurements.
- Encourage patients to turn, cough, and take deep breaths and to use incentive spirometry as specified by Plan of Care.
- Ambulate, and assist patients in and out of bed, into wheelchairs and transport when necessary.
- Attends to nutritional needs of patient which may include distributing meal trays, feeding, filling and passing out water pitchers,
- Provides morning or evening care, which may include bed bath, oral hygiene, combing hair, back care, dressing patient, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other supportive care as needed.
- Empty drains, canisters, urine bags, bedpans and emesis basins and record intake and output.
- Assists in maintaining a safe environment, which may include reporting equipment that is out of order, appropriate handling of linen and storing of supplies.
- Empty & clean ostomy bag, per procedure. Provides general care such as positioning, lifting or turning patients; assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode; preoperative supportive care; and application/removal of abdominal binders or anti-embolism stockings and sequential compression devices.
- Collect urine, stool and sputum specimen as ordered.
- Perform tasks such as ROM, assist with ambulatory devices as specified by the patients' plan of care.
- Perform phlebotomy (requires additional training). To include correct labeling using two patient identifiers, maintenance of lab-draw supplies, rotating and restocking.
- Perform EKG (requires special training).
- Promptly answer patient call lights and respond to patient requests.
- Report significant changes in patients' condition to RN.
- Help to maintain clean and orderly patient and work environment.
- Employ all established infection control policies including standard precautions, transmission-based isolation precautions, OSHA standards, safety measures and proper body mechanics in performance of job.
- Document/maintain patient record as appropriate.
- Gathers equipment for O2 set up. Checks O2 for connection and proper placement.
- Checks for proper functioning of equipment at patient bedside
- Ambulate patients with oxygen.
- Set up suction equipment and check for proper function.
- Demonstrates knowledge and competency in providing for age-specific needs of the population served.
- Demonstrates ability to perform skills on the Nursing Assistant checklist.
- Follows policies, procedures, and safety standards. Completes required education assignments annually. Works toward achieving goals and objectives, and participates in quality improvement initiatives as requested.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education: None specified; will accept any combination of formal education and/or prior work experience sufficient to demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skill and ability needed to perform the essential tasks of the job, typically such as would be equivalent to a high school diploma or GED. Preference may be given to individuals possessing a HS diploma or GED.
Minimum Experience: None.
Licensure Requirement: CPR required.