UPMC Casual Advanced Patient Care Technician - PACU/APS (UPMC Passavant) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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ANCC Magnet designated UPMC Passavant is currently hiring a Casual Advanced Patient Care Technician to support our PACU/APS (Recovery) Department at the McCandless location.
Our Casual APCTs typically work one 10-hour shift per week with variable start times. A competitive candidate will have a minimum of 6 months of prior patient care experience. A competitive candidate will also have IV insertion skills and/or phlebotomy skills.
Advanced Patient Care Technicians are essential partners in our mission, enhancing the patient experience at UPMC with positivity and integrity. Nursing support staff give personal care to patients with an emphasis on dignity and respect, striving to make each patient feel as comfortable as possible during their hospital stay. Advanced Patient Care Technicians also provide invaluable aid to nurses and doctors on the unit by completing important skilled tasks. The work of an Advanced Patient Care Technician is both challenging and rewarding, many find this to be a wonderful lifelong career.
*Hired candidates may be required to attend a 5-day (experienced) or 7-day (inexperienced) training course. This course is held during weekdays and daylight hours. All 5-7 days are mandatory and are scheduled in a structured classroom setting. Modified Student Nurse Orientation is offered 3 times per year.
Advanced Patient Care Technicians are always encouraged to seek growth and advancement within UPMC. Title and salary will be determined based upon education and prior experience.
About the Unit:
The PACU or the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is a critical care unit that closely monitors patients after they’ve received anesthesia for a surgery or procedure. In this unit, patient’s vital signs are closely observed, fluids are given, and pain management begins. This department’s hours of operation are Monday-Friday between the hours of 4:30AM-7:30PM so this candidate must be available to work during the week.
Provides routine patient care and supports the department services in accordance with established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the nurse or physician to assure that the highest degree of quality patient care can be maintained at all times.
Completes advanced patient care duties after successfully completing training and annual competencies.
Must routinely perform the UPMC nursing core nursing assistant responsibilities (blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care) AND at least 4 of the following hospital identified tasks: phlebotomy, 12 lead EKG, simple dressing, Foley catheter removal, point of care testing, bladder scan, straight catheter, or IV catheter insertion and removal.
Constructively receives feedback and direction.
Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director.
Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.
Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
Participates in self-review as requested by the unit director.
Suggests and supports changes within the department.
Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
Supports department based projects and quality initiatives.
Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.
Demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions.
Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.
Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.
Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
Establishes appropriate and effective communication with other departments.
Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
Performs the UPMC nursing core nursing assistant responsibilities (blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care) AND at least four of the following BU identified tasks: phlebotomy, 12 lead EKG, simple dressing, Foley catheter removal, point of care testing, bladder scan, straight catheter, or IV catheter insertion and removal.
Provides patient care including assisting with patient procedures and activities of daily living.
Assists with physical, respiratory and cardiopulmonary therapies.
Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status.
Provides instruction to patients and their families under the direction of the RN.
May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints as per physician or hospital protocol.
Strictly adheres to all policies and procedures relative to patient care and hospital related information.
Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.
Performs assigned work in a timely and productive manner.
Completes department clerical functions as needed.
Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent.
1 year patient care experience preferred .
If no previous hospital or pre-hospital training, successful completion of UPMC patient care technician class OR successful completion of first year of clinical work in a nursing program.
Successful completion of basic information system training.
Microcomputer experience preferred.
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
Nursing Student that has completed one clinical rotation preferred.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic or currently enrolled in an EMT or Paramedic program preferred.
Successful completion of a basic arrhythmia course and annual competency required.
May in the course of their duties be in rooms where medications are stored or may transport medications when they transport patients.
Transportation of medication is limited from one department to another.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
Act 33 with renewal
Act 34 with renewal
Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
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