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Patient Care Assistant - Outpatient Treatment Center

Department:  Nursing Support
Status:  Full Time
Shift:  1st

Under the direction of a licensed registered nurse, the Patient Care Assistant (PCA) will assist in comfort, and needs for the adult and geriatric patients. The Patient Care Assistant will take and record clinical measures, provides transportation, and maintains equipment and stocking and ordering supplies, as well as participating in a safe patient care environment.


Essential Functions:


Clinical Care:

  • Under the 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 inpatient records, ensures patient safety is maintained at all times, and is documented.
  • Immediately informs RN of any changes in patient condition from the previous baseline.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in the use of equipment pertinent to treatment.
  • Under the direction of the RN, performs routine patient admission and discharge duties and documents in the patient record.
  • May assist in preparing charts, filing patient charts, faxing, breaks-down canceled, discharged, or rescheduled patient files (as appropriate).
  • Reports patient’s questions to the RN


Education, Training, and Experience:



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



  • Recent employment as a Nursing Assistant.


Skills or Other Qualifications:



  • 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).



  • Knowledge of section specific test information and instrumentation may be required.


License and Certifications:



  • Current certification as a Nursing Assistant/CNA from the State of California, or completion of the 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).



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Position Reports to: Manager, Charge Nurse, Relief Charge Nurse, Staff/Clinical Nurse

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