Patient Care Assistant / Unit Secretary - Trauma Surgical ICU
DCH Health System - Tuscaloosa, AL

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Provides compassionate personal care and support services under the supervision of a registered nurse that assists the patient in the achievement of physical and emotional comfort and healing. Under the supervision of the RN assist in planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating the activities occurring in the nursing station by performing clerical and receptionist duties and maintaining the physical environment of the area.


1. Provides all personal care services in accordance with the plan of treatment assigned by the registered nurse to include but not limited to:

  • measure and record intake and output
  • measure and record vital signs, O2 Saturation, weight, height
  • positioning patients; lifting and turning patients;
  • applying/utilizing special equipment;
  • assisting in use of bedpan, urinal or commode;
  • ambulating the patient;
  • pre-operative and post-operative care;
  • application/removal of anti-embolism stocking and SCD devices;
  • removal of foley catheters;
  • perineal care; vaginal irrigations (non-sterile); sitz baths
  • non-medicated enemas;
  • application of heat and cold;
  • m care of the incontinent patient;
  • skin care to the immobilized patient;
  • removal of saline lock,
  • emptying of colostomy bags;
  • application of appliances for heat and cold;
  • performing blood sugars.
  • placing patients on cardiac monitors
  • set up of oxygen per nasal cannula at 2L/min
  • feeding patients
  • collecting, labeling, and transporting of lab specimens.
  • 2. Accurately documents care provided according to policies and procedures.

    3. Performs initial and annual competency per job class. Specific ages: adolescent, adult, and geriatric.

    4. Applies safety principles and proper body mechanics to the performance of specific techniques of personal and supportive care, such as ambulation of patients, transferring patients, assisting with normal range of motion and positioning.

    5. Participates in economical utilization of supplies and ensures that equipment and nursing units are maintained in a clean, safe manner.

    6. Assists in performance improvement (PI) activities by serving on PI teams as warranted, assisting w ith PI measures and supporting and implementing changes necessary for improvement.

    7. Coordinated nursing unit functions to provide for smooth operation off all nursing/patient care activities.

    8. Correctly and accurately assembles, maintains and disassembles patient medical record.

    9. Demonstrates working knowledge of order entry process and transcription of physician orders.

    10. Maintains well organized, well-supplied, clean nursing unit.

    11. Answers telephone and intercom, takes messages, and communicates messages to the appropriate person, using appropriate telephone etiquette.

    12. Assists in performance improvement (PI) activities by serving on PI teams as warranted, assisting with PI measures and supporting and implementing changes necessary for improvement.

    13. Maintains statistics/logs as required by the unit Manager/Director.

    14. Cardiac Monitoring Responsibilities:

    a. Observation of cardiac monitoring status on all patients. For breaks and lunch, makes sure that the monitor station is attended by qualified staff.

    b. Validates cardiac alarms have been assigned to caregivers at the beginning of each shift.

    c. Notifies staff of alarms, changes in cardiac rhythm, and when there is a leads off alarm.

    d. Validates the monitoring status (rhythm present on sector, status of stand-by, etc..) of each patient at least every 2 hours, at change of shift and during hand-off communication for breaks a nd lunch. Documents validation on the appropriate form.

    e. Performs monitor count each shift to assure all monitors are present, as appropriate for area.
    • Maintains performance, patient and employee satisfaction and financial standards as outlined in the performance evaluation.
    • Must adhere to the DCH Behavioral Standards including creating positive relationships with patients/families, coworkers, colleagues and with self.
    • Requires use of electronic mail, time and attendance software, learning management software and intranet.
    • Must adhere to all DCH Health System policies and procedures.
    • All other duties as assigned.

    Approved previous experience in giving patient care or completion of in-service education classes, high school education or equivalent. Computer and/or computer software knowledge or experience. Approved previous experience in clerical functions or completion of inservice education. Must be able to read, write legibly, speak ,and comprehend English.


    Physical: Physical presence onsite is essential. Hearing and vision must be normal or corrected within normal range. Able to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to tolerate prolonged periods of standing and walking. Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Is able to push stretcher/wheelchair with average adult patient. Is able to do frequent stooping and on occasion crouching, crawling or kneeling. Ability to reach reasonable distances in any direction. Ability to run in emergency situations. Must be able to move fingers in a coordinated manner. Must have ability to feel and perceive temperature, texture, shape and size with fingertips.

    Environmental : Includes exposure to human body fluids, disease, infection, lab chemicals and hazard materials and/or cleaning solutions. Requires wearing common protective or safety equipment.

    Psychological: Includes receiving delegation, working with team members, addressing conflict, and communicating with all types of personalities.

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