BWFH PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) is another name for Recovery Room. The PACU is a specialized care unit near the operating room where patients go to wake from anesthesia and be closely monitored.
There are 2 PACU locations for a total of 30 PACU bay patient areas. The PACU staff care for the patient in the acute Phase I stage post operatively as well as the transition to Phase II including discharge to an inpatient unit or home. PACU staffs interact with all members of the health care team to provide interdisciplinary quality patient care. All staff rotates to both locations to ease patient anxiety and ensure their physical and emotional comfort.
The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) functions as a member of the patient care team, under the direction of the Registered Nurse (RN), and proficiently and consistently performs all aspects of the PCA role. Responsible for supporting the RN with clinical tasks, including but not limited to blood glucose monitoring, completing EKGs, applying simple dressings, using aseptic technique and responding to medical emergency situations utilizing Heartsaver CPR and AED skills.
In addition, the PCA is responsible for responding to the needs of patients and family members and taking an active role in the efficient operation of the unit. Assure the practice of the Patient and Family Centered Care Model in an environment that exemplifies best practice.
Schedule: Part-time, 24 hrs/week, day/evening rotation.
About Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital is a 171- bed non-profit, community teaching hospital located in Jamaica Plain directly across the street from the Arnold Arboretum. Founded in 1900, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital has a long history of meeting the health care needs of our patients by offering comprehensive care in a wide variety of specialties.
At Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, our world revolves around our patients and their families, which is why we've been nationally recognized for our best practices in patient care, safety measures and surgical outcomes. If you're looking for more than a career, join Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. Our patients call it better care. Our employees call it home
High School Diploma or GED certificate required. Certified nursing assistant or current nursing student who has completed Fundamentals of Nursing or equivalent med/surg clinical rotation. AHA Heartsaver, CPR and AED program required.
Staff adheres to all I C.A.R.E. Standards. Successful completion of an approved nursing assistant training program.
Ability to effectively speak, read and write using the English language. Ability to pass clinical competency, basic math and reading testing. Ability to perform basic math calculations and measurements, in order to measure height and weight, intake and output and calorie counts.
Ability to accurately interpret and utilize basic medical terminology and abbreviations. Ability to enter and retrieve computerized information. Physical ability to push, transfer, and pull heavy loads throughout assigned shift.
Physical ability to meet core job requirements in accordance with practice setting demands, for the patient populations regularly served. Effective interpersonal skills to interact appropriately with nursing staff, patients, families/visitors, physicians, and other hospital staff. Organizational skills to set priorities and efficiently complete assigned work. Ability to manage stress related to patient care issues, changing hospital climate and personnel issues.
Math and Knowledge Assessment test required for candidates who are not currently enrolled in nursing school.
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