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The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) provides skilled levels of bedside nursing care as directed by the Registered Nurse.
Position Accountabilities and Performance Criteria Percent of Time
Essential Functions: The following are essential job accountabilities and performance criteria:
1) General patient care: Delivers care requiring broad knowledge of aseptic technique, physiology, pharmacology and medical equipment. (1,3) 40%
a) Contributes to the assessment of assigned patients' health status including physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs within two hours of start of the shift (one hour in ICU).
b) Performs an assessment of post-op/post-invasive procedure patients immediately and reviews findings with RN.
c) Re-evaluates patients' health status throughout the shift and documents pertinent observations according to the care plan and nursing standards.
d) Follows the care plan and established procedures and policies in providing direct patient care.
e) Makes appropriate decisions that reflect knowledge of facts and good judgment and discusses actions with the RN.
f) Participates in patient/family teaching follow-up as delegated by the RN.
g) Maintains knowledge of and operates equipment used in patient care safely.
h) Performs blood drawing technique to obtain lab specimens including blood cultures.
2) Communication: Communicates effectively on the behalf of patients and contributes to their plan of care. (1,3) 20%
A) Evaluates nursing care given by self and identifies problems and/or need for changes in the plan of care and communicates this information to the RN.
B) Reports information pertaining to the patient's condition to the RN.
C) Documents nursing care given in accordance with the hospital standards concisely and legibly.
D) Give an accurate report of patients' condition and nursing care to the on-coming shift and reports to the RN as appropriate.
Minimum Education: High school graduate and at least 18 years of age preferred.
Minimum Experience: None
Required Course: One of the following:
demonstrated competence in the skills listed on the PCA checklist as
- Current student in an accredited school of nursing who has
documented by the student's clinical instructor(s).
Working Conditions: Regular exposure to the risk of bloodborne diseases. Contact with
- Graduate nurse who unsuccessfully challenged state boards.
patients under wide variety of circumstances. Exposure to unpleasant
elements (accidents, injuries, illness). Subject to varying 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. Considerable reaching,
stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling 100+
Nursing Assistants and PCA
102-Saint Louis University Hospital - St. Louis, MO
Tenet Healthcare - 17 months ago
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