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Patient Care Assistant - 4 West Oncology

Company: The Christ Hospital Health Network
Location: Cincinnati
Posted on: August 23, 2019

Job Description:

Title: Patient Care Assistant Shift: Part-Time, Evenings This position will be scheduled approximately 20 hours per week in the 4 West Oncology Unit at The Christ Hospital Health Network (TCHHN) located at 2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219. Unit Description: Inpatient Oncology Services (4-West) is a 30-bed unit. Patients may be admitted to the unit at any time during the journey through the cancer continuum, from initial diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, management of complications and terminal care. Patients may also be admitted with hematological disorders, especially sickle cell crisis, and with medical-surgical conditions. On this unit, the care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of registered nurses, patient care assistants, physicians, case managers, health unit coordinators, a clinical nurse specialist, an educator, chaplains, nutritionists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and respiratory therapists. The team is strongly committed to providing the highest possible quality of care to all patients, and to the continual development of the entire staff. Job Overview: The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) performs duties to enhance patient experience while maintaining patient comfort and a safe patient environment. All care is provided based on the concepts inherent in the model of care for TCHHN which promotes an on-going partnership between patients and families and the team of healthcare providers. The care is culturally based and age-specific. All direct patient care is under the supervision of and is delegated by the Registered Nurse according to the guidelines as set out by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The Patient Care Assistant may perform the following duties: - Comfort: Provides comfort and personal hygiene for patients, documenting according to policy - As directed by RN, provides assistance with activities of daily living including: - oral care, AM & PM care - daily hygiene - elimination needs - perineal care - skin care (reporting any noted reddened areas to RN) - Positions, repositions and/or ambulates patient according to clinician's instructions and/or physician orders. - Nutritional needs: - Assists with menu selection and tray as needed. - Assists in feeding patients, as needed - Provides snacks at ordered times and fluids as instructed - Fills water pitchers. - Communication: Orients patient & family to the hospital environment & services provided, facilitates communication throughout the entire hospitalization process as follows: - Ensures patient is comfortable and oriented to surroundings. Provides explanations of: call signal, visitors lounge, visitor policy, Dine on Demand, cafeteria and gift shop location and hours of operation, no smoking policy and Patient Education Video Services. - Facilitates and maintains communication among all team members of pertinent patient information and patient care needs. - Ensures appropriate patient care signage is posted as needed. - Demonstrates appropriate communication skills during death & dying process - Environment and Safety: Provides and promotes individual patient and unit safety - Ensures beds and side rails are in appropriate position and locked at all times and that all necessary articles, including call light, are within reach. - Maintains safe patient handling guidelines according to policy 1.01.160 - Applies safety devices and documents in medical record. - Assures necessary equipment is available. - Demonstrates safe handling of medical gases. - Answers call and bathroom lights promptly. - Performs purposeful patient rounding a minimum of every 2 hours - Maintains organization of patient rooms and unit. Identifies and addresses potential fall hazards. - Removes any unused equipment from patient rooms - Implements and adheres to infection control policies - Safety hazards are promptly corrected & /or reported to the appropriate person. - Maintains and demonstrates awareness and knowledge of all fire safety equipment. - Maintains understanding of emergency reporting protocol - Responds to unit emergencies, reporting to the charge nurse. - Clinical: Performs aspects of clinical care as assigned and instructed by the RN per Ohio Board of Nursing guidelines for delegation. - Demonstrates knowledge of tests, procedures, treatments, and any potential complications. - Performs skills only after demonstrating competency as documented on the Clinical Performance Record (CPR). - Performs tasks delegated by RN as follows (including but not limited to): - Vital Signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, & blood pressure) - Pulse oximetry (where applicable) - Capnography (where applicable) - Measures and records patient intake and output - Documents Calorie Counts. - Documents Carbohydrate Count with each meal - Makes observations as instructed by RN, reporting deviations. - Collects specimens as directed by RN - Ensures appropriate processing of specimens - Weighs Patients - Applies hot/cold compresses, ace bandages, non-sterile dressings - Applies ant embolic devices including TED hose and SCD's - Performs finger sticks for blood glucose levels - Provides tube/catheter care - Assists physician with procedures under guidance of clinician - Provides post mortem care - Reapplies and removes oxygen mask/cannula - Turns, cough, and deep breathe - Provides incentive spirometry - Assists with ambulation - Performs range of motion - Applies over-bed trapeze and over-bed frame - Performs EKGs (where applicable). - Maintains competency in POC (point of care) testing - Documents according to policy - Provides support with unit clerical functions as needed - Age Specific Competency: Demonstrates ongoing competency in clinical performance for age-related care - Leadership & Accountability: Demonstrates leadership skills such as the ability to motivate, educate and mentor peers while effectively providing care for patients and family members. - Serves as a positive role model - Responds to scheduling responsibilities with timeliness - Participates in 75% of staff meetings. - Participates in unit-based activities/initiatives for performance improvement. - Participates in council activities and task forces to improve competencies of self, co-workers, and staff members related to patient care. - Supports self and peers in professional growth and development utilizing resources and opportunities within and outside of The Christ Hospital. - Participates in self and peer review activities to include the positive recognition of peers and staff on a regular basis. - Complies with organization and department policies and required training. - Completes all educational requirements to maintain competency related to specific population of patient and/or regulatory agencies. Submits required tests and paperwork in a timely manner. - Follows Time and Attendance Policy Education: - High School graduate or GED. - One of the following criteria must be documented: - Active STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) certification or proof of a successful completion of a state sponsored Medicaid Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program, - A nursing student who has successfully completed one medical-surgical rotation or another acute care experience, or - Prior training or experience as evaluated by Manager, Staff Development Educator and Human Resources within 30 days of employment. Licenses and Certifications: Certification in AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. Required Knowledge and Skills: The PCA demonstrates the knowledge, abilities and skills to provide age and culturally specific patient care and education. The PCA effectively communicates with peers, utilizes appropriate channels of communication and maintains absolute confidentiality. The PCA maintains competence and demonstrates evidence of continuing professional growth. The PCA demonstrates the ability to accept and implement change and the ability to work in a culturally diverse setting. There are many ways to define excellence. For us at The Christ Hospital, it's all about our patients...And making healthcare what they want it to be. Accessible. Personal. Affordable. Our commitment to exceptional outcomes, affordable care and the finest patient experiences is recognized yearly with numerous awards from leading healthcare organizations and publications. At the top of our list of honors are the 17 consecutive years that we've been named to U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Hospitals and being named the Most Preferred Hospital by the Greater Cincinnati community for 21 consecutive years (National Research Corporation). What does this mean for you? GROWTH- opportunities to learn, develop, and impact. VALUE - a robust employee package that provides you the ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance, competitive compensation, flexible and meaningful benefits, development opportunities so you can be your best self, and a culture of compassion. PRIDE- from all that we have accomplished in our past, and all that we're positioned for in the future. CHALLENGE- we are in one of the most competitive markets in the nation, yet continue to rise to the top through our incredible employees and transformational results. We seek individuals motivated by what it takes to be a part of a winning team. Named #24 on Forbes 500 America's Best Employers for 2017, we are transforming care.inspired by you.

Keywords: The Christ Hospital Health Network, Covington , Patient Care Assistant - 4 West Oncology, Healthcare , Cincinnati, Kentucky

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