Purpose and Scope:
The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) and Unit Secretary works under the direct supervision of the RN and is an active member of the health care team. Under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse, the Patient Care Assistant performs a variety of routine duties involving the care of patients including performing direct patient care or activities of daily living, observing and reporting changes in the status of patients, providing a clean and safe environment, transporting patients, and other related duties. Patient Care Assistants must be empathetic and have good communication and nursing skills to care for patients.
I. Position Requirements:
A. Academic: High School Diploma or equivalent
B. Experience: Nursing Assistant Training or Experience. Working knowledge of Medical Terminology. Previous administrative experience. Previous Unit Secretary experience preferred.
C. Certification/License: CPR/BLS, CNA license is preferred, but not required.
D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Assists residents with dressing, bathing, oral hygiene and related personal care. Serves food, feeds residents and collects trays when necessary. Maintains clean and dry bed, changes bed linen, gathers and deposits soiled laundry. Lifts residents in and out of beds and wheelchair, positions residents when necessary. Observes residents to report physical and behavioral symptoms to medical personnel in charge. Takes and records resident's blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration and weight. Communicates with members of the healthcare team, patients, and visitors using oral and written means and equipment such as answering the telephone and call bell and greeting visitors. Assembles and prepares new patients charts as instructed; keeps accurate patient records; files patient data; purges and archives patient information; maintains reminder information; reviews charts regularly to ensure accuracy and completeness of records in accordance with policies and procedures. Maintains confidentiality of patient information. Prepares special forms such as release of information; obtains hospital medical records, as needed. Transcribes doctors orders per policy.