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Department:  Nursing Support
Status:  Per Diem
Shift:  3rd

Job Summary

Under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, the Patient Care Assistant (PCA) will assist in direct patient care by providing for ADL, comfort, nutrition, and hygiene needs for the any patient. The Patient Care Assistant will take and record clinical measures, collects specimens, provides transportation, and maintains equipment and supplies, as well as participating in a safe patient care environment. 


The Birthing Suites Patient Care Assistant supports the Single Room Maternity Care and Family-Centered Maternity Care models, providing direct care in accordance with the family-centered mission and philosophy.


Clinical Care: 
•    Under direction of the RN, performs bedside patient care anticipating patient needs, prioritizing care. 
•    Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care for assigned patients: accurately measures and records vital signs, I&O, height and weight, and ADL and records in EMR, ensures personal hygiene of patient is maintained and documented. 
•    Performs Accu-Check blood glucose test as required (must have Limited Phlebotomy license or RN license for this procedure). 
•    Immediately informs RN of any changes in patient condition from previous baseline. 
•    Demonstrates knowledge in the use of equipment and devices pertinent to treatment, procedures and practices as instructed by RN. 
•    Under direction of the RN, performs routine patient admission and discharge duties and documents in the patient record. 
•    Communicates pertinent information at shift report using the patient plan of care and all appropriate data. 
•    May assist in preparing charts, filing patient charts, breaks-down cancelled, discharged or rescheduled patient files (as appropriate). 
•    Assists in reinforcement of patient teaching and reports patient’s questions to the RN.


Job Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience 

  • Required: High School diploma or equivalent (employees hired prior to 2011 without a HS diploma are grandfathered into their position). Completion of a Nursing Assistant program, or completion of first semester of RN program, or equivalent to be determined by Department Director and VP Patient Care Services. 
  • Preferred: Recent employment as a Nursing Assistant. 


Skills or Other Qualifications 

  • Required: Demonstrates effective communication, interpersonal skills, organizational ability, knowledge of proper body mechanics, safety measures and infection control, ability to follow instructions. Must be conversant in English and be able to accurately document in the patient electronic medical record (computerized chart). 
  • Preferred: Knowledge of section specific test information and instrumentation may be required. 


License and Certifications 

  • Required: Current certification as a Nursing Assistant/CNA from the State of California, or completion of first semester of Registered Nurse program or equivalent. Current BLS certification is required prior to clinical rotation. Must obtain Limited Phlebotomy certification within one year of hire as a PCA (or RN license). 
  • Preferred: N/A
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