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Patient Care Technician - Med Surg (7p - 7a)

In July 2017, South Texas Regional Medical Center became part of the Methodist Healthcare System family, the most preferred and respected healthcare provider in the area. With this change of ownership, we are now known as Methodist Hospital South. Even though our name has changed, the heart of our hospital remains; it just got a little bigger. The foundation we now stand on is faith-based and driven by our commitment to ""Serving Humanity to Honor God"".
The clinical team at Methodist Hospital South is comprised of healthcare professionals with years of training and experience who bring compassion to their work. Our 67 bed hospital has been nationally recognized by Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Grade A, designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center, and recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. Services include Rehabilitation, Surgical, and Labor & Delivery. For more information, please visit our website at www.methodisthospitalsouth.com .
General Statement of Duties :
The Patient Care Technician performs a variety of delegated basic patient care services related to common nursing functions and activities of daily living under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN) in a complementary and assistive role. He/she assists the nursing staff in providing patient care in accordance to the PCA's training, competence and skill, hospital policies and procedures and the Texas Board of Nursing rules for delegated nursing tasks to unlicensed personnel (Rule 224.6). Consistently assists the patient care team with maintaining a clean, well organized, adequately stocked and safe patient environment.
Essential Job Functions:

  1. Under the supervision of the RN, performs delegated patient care activities as directed and ordered in accordance with one's training. Delegated tasks may include:
    1. Obtaining vital signs, height and weight, intake and output, calorie counts, and/or simple non-sterile dressing changes
    2. Safe patient handling: Turning and positioning, use of specialty beds, patient transfer and use of transfer devices, ambulation assistance and use of assistive devices, restraint alternatives, oxygen use and transport, suction use, pre-operative skin preparation and/or use of sequential compression devices (SCD)
    3. Specimen collection, including blood collection for bedside glucose testin
  2. Consistently assists with maintaining a safe patient environment, including:
    1. Addressing identified hazards in the physical environment of the patient room to prevent patient falls.
    2. Hand hygiene and consistent use of standard precautions.
    3. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate following transmission based precautions procedures.
  3. Communicates accurate information for delegated patient care activities performed, including observed patient response to performed activities to the assigned RN (following hand-off communication guidelines).
  4. Assists the RN in collecting data from patients upon admission and assists with patient transfer or discharge preparations as instructed.
  5. Assists patients with bathing, shaving, oral care, toileting, grooming, changing linens, providing water, assisting with meal delivery, and feeding.
  6. Performs hourly rounding, consistently uses AIDET when interacting with patients, and responds to call lights timely.

Qualifications:
Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics :
1. Education:
High school graduate or equivalent education
2. Experience: None
3. Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service
line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population
served (if applicable).
4. Preferred: Previous PCT, PCA, Nurse aide, orderly experience in a healthcare setting OR
ONE of the following:
A. Completion of a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training program AND
CNA certification with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability
Services on hire.
B. Completion of an EMS (Emergency Medical System) training program AND
EMT certification with the Texas Department of State Health Services on hire.
C. MHS employee in an LVN job description as of December 1, 2011.
Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:
Required: None



Company Description:

At its founding in 1968, Nashville-based HCA was one of the nation's first hospital companies. Today, we are the nation's leading provider of healthcare services, a company comprised of locally managed facilities that includes about 165 hospitals and 115 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England and employing approximately 204,000 people. Approximately four to five percent of all inpatient care delivered in the country today is provided by HCA facilities. Milton Johnson serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HCA.




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