Patient Care Associate - Cardiology/Circulatory (Fri, Sat, Sun 7p-7a)
Saint Louis University Hospital - Birmingham, AL

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Position Summary:
Care Partners are responsible for meeting the basic needs of patients by providing skilled levels of bedside patient care under the direction of the Registered Nurse. Care Partner also perform clerical duties necessary to the functioning of the nursing unit.

Position Accountabilities and Performance Criteria Percent of Time

Essential Functions : The following are essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:

Position Accountabilities

1) General Patient Care:
A) Carries out the patient's plan of care as it relates to the patient's physical needs under the direction of the Registered Nurse.

B) Delivers care requiring broad knowledge of aseptic technique, medical terminology and equipment.

C) Assists nurses and physicians with procedures.

D ) Maintains knowledge of and operates equipment used in patient care safely.

E) Retrieves patient care items that are not routinely available on the unit.

F) Retrieves, recovers or follows up on patient care needs.

G ) Completed unit clerical duties including the coordination of designated unit activities, transcription of orders, medical record maintenance and serving as a unit receptionist.

H ) Prepares rooms prior to admissions and following discharges. Completes patient's belongings list on admission and transfer.

I ) Directs prompt and courteous attention to the needs of patients, families, and visitors.

J) Rounds with purpose.

K ) Engages in service recovery activities referring unusual problems to Nurse

Manager/ Designate.

L) Rounds after dietary trays are passed to ensure all meals are appropriate or as required for patient satisfaction /care needs.

M ) Takes appropriate action when necessary including the resolution of issues related to late or wrong trays.

N) Feeds and sets up trays as needed.

O) Recognizes needs and initiates appropriate action in regard to maintaining supplies and equipment

P) Notifies appropriate department in order to maintain a clean safe environment (housekeeping, maintenance, dietary, etc.)

Q ) Functions as a resource person to co-workers, patients/families, medical staff, and ancillary personnel.

A) Correctly places restraints; observes for constriction of circulation, changes to

skin integrity, adequate breathing; knows when and how to change position; provides range of motion (ROM) and skin care, toileting, and opportunities for socialization.

B) Operates Cardiac Monitor i.e.

1 . On / off switch

2. Alarms / stand-by

3 . Obtaining strip

4 . Lead placement

3 ) Vital Signs / Measurement

A ) Completes Point of Care Testing as approved by hospital and competency

B) Obtains vital signs including temperature

C ) Measures abdominal girth

D) Weighs patients

E) Measures intake and output

F) Mobility and Exercise:
A) Applies Pneumatic Air Stockings / Ted Hose

B ) Ambulates, turns and positions patients.

C) Respiratory Care

A ) Assists with incentive spirometry and cough / deep breath.

B) Sets up oxygen therapy such as, nasal cannula or mask as directed by Registered


Job Specifications
Minimum Education: High School graduate or GED equivalent and at least 18 years of age.

vocational / specialized training preferred.

Minimum Experience: None

Required Course: Completion of learning program with 80% passing score on written and skills performance examination.

Working Conditions: Regular exposure to the risk of blood-borne diseases. Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances. Exposure to unpleasant elements (accidents, injuries, illness). Subject to trying and unpredictable situations. May perform emergency care. Subject to irregular hours. Pressure due to multiple competing demands.

Physical Requirements: Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking. Lifts, positions, pushes, and /or transfers patients. Lifts supplies / equipment. Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling 100 pounds.

Job: Nursing

Primary Location: MO-St. Louis

Hospital/Facility: 102-Saint Louis University Hospital - St. Louis, MO

Job Type: Full-time

Shift Type: 12 Hour Day