Provides basic care and related non-professional tasks for the personal and comfort needs of the patient. Works under the direction/supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Demonstrates competence in the skills (processes, procedures and equipment) necessary to carry out assigned duties as identified below. Demonstrates competence in recognizing and responding to patient's physical, mental, emotional and developmental needs should be evaluated in relation to the patient population served as appropriate for each responsibility.
Contributes toward accomplishment of patient's Plan of Care goals by providing care and carrying out patient care functions as assigned by the nurse.
Provides for the personal grooming, hygienic and comfort needs of the patient in a thorough manner as requested or as indicated by observation.
Orients patient and family members to environment, unit/department and hospital facilities/routine.
Assists the nurse in obtaining and documenting health/medical history and basic physical assessment data.
Assists with unit procedures and assists qualified medical provider with invasive procedures as directed by the nurse. Does not perform sterile procedures.
Promotes, monitors and maintains a safe clean environment.
Identifies safety needs and modifies the environment to meet these needs, i.e. accessible call light, furniture/personal item placement.
Performs light housekeeping functions to maintain clean, neat and orderly work/patient care areas.
Adheres to established Universal/Standard Precautions.
Contributes effectively to the communication needs of the unit/department.
Acknowledges patients, healthcare providers and visitors upon arrival to the unit/department. Offers assistance where appropriate.
Collects and documents objective data related to the physiological/psychological status of patient after collaboration with nurse.
Engages in collaborative communication, i.e. shift report, unit meetings, etc.
Identifies and reports patient care concerns in a timely manner.
Demonstrates an open honest relationship with coworkers.
Practices good telephone etiquette.
Performs clerical duties as assigned: basic order entries, data entry, form filing.
Provides for the efficient operation of the unit/department by taking initiative and assuming other responsibilities as needed, i.e. obtaining equipment, restocking supplies, running errands, etc.
Demonstrates competence in the implementation/administration of age appropriate care in accordance with established Practice Guidelines, Policies/Procedures and State/Federal Law.
Ostomy Care (bag change)
Gets patients up to bathroom as appropriate
Non Sterile/Non Invasive Procedures:
Application of Heat and Cold
Application Sequential Hose
Pulse Ox Set up/Reading
Attach cardiac monitor leads
Read/Interpret Cardiac Monitor (after rhythm interpretation class as requested) *
12 Lead EKGs
Point of Care Testing/Procedures*
Others (Area Specific)
Cast Cut/Splitting *
Suture/Staple Removal with RN approval
Transportation of Patients
May transfer non-monitored patients alone
May assist with transfer of critical/monitored patient
EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE: High school graduate or equivalent. Certification as a CNA, EMT-Basic, or completion of a Medical Assistant program. Or current PCT working within Trinity Medical Center that was grandfathered into the PCT position title.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITITES & SKILLS: Must be aware of responsibilities of providing physical care to infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Must be able to read, write and follow written and oral instructions. Must have interpersonal skills to deal effectively with patients and staff and maintain good patient and public communication. Must be able to set priorities and react rationally to situations in patient care settings.
LICENSES, REGISTRATION & CERTIFICATIONS: CPR Certification required. Current certification/registration as a CNA listed on a healthcare registry, EMT, or MA. Or experience as a PCT working within Trinity Medical Center that were grandfathered into the PCT position title.
A person currently licensed as an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P, may only practice as an EMT or utilize his or her EMT license in pre-hospital or inter-hospital emergency care settings or non-emergency medical transport situations, under the written or verbal direction or the EMS Medical Director. This does not, however, prohibit an EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P from seeking the credentials to work in an emergency department or other health care setting within the hospital under the jurisdiction of that employer. (Section 3.55(b) of the EMS act)