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Albany Medical Center Patient Care Associate: MICU in Albany, New York

Department/Unit:

Adult Medical ICU - D3E

Work Shift:

Staffing Options Program (United States of America)

The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) will work under the direction of the Registered Nurse. During the assigned work period, PCAs will collect patient data, complete personal care of the patient, perform point of care testing such as whole blood glucose, turn & position and/or mobilize patients, and assist with caring for the needs of assigned patients with a focus on progress toward discharge, including during transitions within the acute care stay. The PCA is trained to perform technical procedures such as blood draw and electrocardiography. The Patient Care Assistant promotes the availability of resources for patient care through collaboration with Material's Coordinators for use, stocking, and storage of supplies.

The Patient Care Assistant participates in the creation and maintenance of a clean, orderly, and safe environment of care. PCAs may also be asked to provide the service of activity companion for patients requiring 11 observation.

The Patient Care Assistant is responsible for assisting in the delivery of patient care provided by the caregiving team. They assures that competent, compassionate patient care is uniformly provided to customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collects pertinent data and information relative to the patient’s health or situation, including vital signs, height and weight, and food and fluid intake and output.

  • Reports abnormal findings to the RN and patient care team.

  • Participates in care planning and the nursing report process.

  • Incorporates patient/family rights to participate in decision making about their care

  • Utilizes standardized techniques for keeping patients and families informed.

  • Provides personal care to patients including bathing, oral care, and skin care

  • Assists the patient with eating and hydration, grooming, dressing, and toileting.

  • Incorporates safe patient handling into basic restorative care such as ambulation, range of motion and use of assistive and prosthetic devices.

  • Employs strategies to promote a clean, orderly, and safe environment.

  • Demonstrates standard and transmission, based precautions and infection control techniques.

  • Provides details related to patient progress toward the achievement of goals and outcomes to the RN.

  • Documents all care in the patient record.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma/G.E.D. or equivalent - required

  • less than 1 year experience in a health care setting or completion of certified nurse assistant course - preferred

  • experience as a paramedic, emergency technician - preferred

  • Basic knowledge of medical terminology (Medium proficiency)

  • Honest, punctual, and performs the job in adherence to the highest standards of ethical conduct as defined by Albany Medical Center and the tenets of the profession.

  • Ability to communicate cooperatively and effectively with patients, family members, employees and others.

Thank you for your interest in Albany Medical Center!​

Albany Medical is an equal opportunity employer.

This role may require access to information considered sensitive to Albany Medical Center, its patients, affiliates, and partners, including but not limited to HIPAA Protected Health Information and other information regulated by Federal and New York State statutes. Workforce members are expected to ensure that:

Access to information is based on a “need to know” and is the minimum necessary to properly perform assigned duties. Use or disclosure shall not exceed the minimum amount of information needed to accomplish an intended purpose. Reasonable efforts, consistent with Albany Med Center policies and standards, shall be made to ensure that information is adequately protected from unauthorized access and modification.

Albany Med is the centerpiece of medicine, research, and medical education in New York’s CapitalRegion and is the area's largest private employer with more than 10,000 employees.

Albany Med offers excellent career opportunities in a wide range of roles in both patient care andadministration. We value all our staff members and offer outstanding employee benefits including:

  • Excellent health care coverage (http://albanymedcareers.com/benefits/employee-health-%20benefits/) with lower copays at most Albany Med providers.

  • A wide array of services and programs to support emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing (http://albanymedcareers.com/benefits/employee-advantages/)

Anchored in the state’s historic capital city, Albany Med offers a full range outpatient and inpatient careand is home to the region’s largest hospital, only Level 1 trauma center, and only children’s hospital. Thedowntown campus also offers opportunities at Albany Medical College.

Albany Med partners with Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital to form the Albany Med Health System, serving more than three million people over 25 counties.

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