PT.CARE TECH-ER - EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
Status: PRN - As Needed
Shift: Up to 12hr shifts, hours vary based on dept needs, includes days/nights/weekends/holidays and possible on-call
The Patient Care Tech main areas of responsibility:
(1) Direct bedside patient care; (2) Contribute to orientation and competency training of PCT staff; (3) Maintain inventory and equipment utilized by department staff in work area; (4) Participates in monitoring of department indicators that reflect PCT performance; (5) Work with department leadership to improve job knowledge and skills. The Charge Nurse assigns the Patient Care Technician assignments. Assignments may be rotated or changed during the shift.
A. Experience, Knowledge and Skill
1. Previous Experience Required:
Experience in emergency department or medical area patient preferred. Familiarity and understanding of medical terminology.
2. Specialized or Technical Education Required:
a) High school graduate or have a diploma from an equivalent program AND one of the following:
a. One year of college required OR
b. Nursing assistant training,
c. Medical Assistant with one year of experience in clinical setting.
3. Manual or Physical Skill Required:
Proper body mechanics and lifting techniques. Sufficient dexterity to perform phlebotomy and other patient care skills. Must have good visual acuity to perform inventory and clerical skills.
4. Physical Effort Required:
Prolonged periods of standing and walking. Short to moderate periods of sitting, bending and stooping. May be required to lift, turn and ambulate patients. Must be able to push patient stretchers and perform bed transfers.
Strength: Medium Push: Frequently Pull: Frequently
Carry: Occasionally Lift: Frequently Sit: Occasionally
Stand: Frequently Walk: Frequently
Patient Care Technician:
I. General Responsibilities.
A. Maintain established levels of department inventory.
B. Organizes and preserves the patient’s medical record.
C. Greet persons presenting to the nurses station in a courteous and friendly manner.
D. Preserve department confidentiality of all patients.
E. Answers the telephone and utilizes the established phones courtesy protocol.
F. Answers the nurse call system and utilizes the computer and fax machine correctly.
G. Notifies the appropriate departments of physician orders and upholds interdepartmental relations.
H. Communicates messages and questions to appropriate staff.
I. Assists with the washing, identifying and returning of instruments to decontamination for sterilization.
II. Patient Care:
Assists the registered nurse assigned admitting new patients to the unit or reassessing previously admitted patients as directed. Facilitates the evaluation, treatment and final disposition of the patient through the health care system.
A. Facilitates clear communication between the assessment area/or triage area and the charge nurse.
1. Patient arrival.
2. Patient location.
3. Family members waiting with the patient.
B. Obtain and documents complete vital signs of patients.
C. Communicates vital sign information with the admitting/triage nurse.
D. May provide basic first aid under the supervision of a licensed nurse.
E. Assist the patient to their assigned room and help with undressing and gowning.
F. May utilize/assist with the application and removal of non-invasive monitoring equipment.
1. Cardiac Monitor
2. Pulse Oximeter
3. Non-invasive blood pressure monitor
4. Nasal 02
G. Perform veni-puncture, heel stick and finger stick as ordered, according to hospital protocol.
H. Perform G-glucose when ordered, using appropriate technique and equipment.
I. Assist with the collection of specimens and transport in accordance with the universal precaution policy.
J. Set up patients for examinations and procedures.
K. Performs vital signs.
L. Assist with wound cleaning.
M. Assist with the setup and preservation of sterile fields for patient procedures.
N. Assist with aseptic and sterile dressing application.
O. Assist nurse/physician with the application of orthopedic splints/casting.
P. May obtain catheterized urine specimen after demonstrating competency according to established standards and procedure.
Q. Performs 12-lead EKG as ordered, according to hospital protocol
R. Assists with CPR under the direction of a licensed nurse/physician in critical situations.
S. Transports patients by stretcher or wheelchair to other areas of the hospital.
T. Participates in monitoring of department indicators that reflect PCT performance.
U. Identifies departmental tech issues and communicates them to the appropriate person.
V. Cleans lists and send sterile instruments to decontamination for processing.
W. Performs daily instrument counts and communicates shortages to Charge Nurse.
X. Assist nurses with recording patient charge items and investigating billing questions
Y. Order Entry
IV Is able to demonstrate competency in age specific criteria as applicable to job scope.