Patient Care Assistant

Behavioral Health Unit

PRN (as needed)

Variable Shift

Purpose and Scope:

The Patient Care Assistant (PCA) 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.

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.