Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Patient Care Technician - Neurosciences, Full-time (40 hours), Evenings in Chicago, Illinois
Five 8 hour shifts including some weekends and holidays
The *Patient Care Technician* reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.
The Patient Care Technician's primary function is to assist and support the Professional Registered Nurse in all aspects of direct and indirect patient care activities. The Patient Care Technician functions as a member of the unit staff under the direction and supervision of the professional Registered Nurse.
Direct Patient Care Activities:
Assists with admission, transfer, and discharge process
Takes and records temperature, pulse, respirations, weight for adults and/or neonates, height, and blood pressure
Measures and records intake and output including output from drains
Applies cardiac monitor/oximetry
Adheres to the infant security protocol (accurate assessment of band placement)
Performs normal newborn hearing screening
Obtains capillary blood glucose for adults and/or neonates
Applies Fetal Monitor equipment on pregnant patients
Discontinues heplocks and foley catheters
Collects specimens (urine, stool, blood and sputum) on adults and/or neonates
Makes rounds of patients and anticipates their needs and observes newborns in the nursery
Responds to patient call lights in a timely manner, especially emergency lights
Distributes fresh drinking water and nourishments to patients
Prepares patients for meals; assists or feeds patients as necessary
Feeds normal newborns as assigned
Provides morning care, bed baths and evening care according to established Nursing Care Procedures
Provides peri-care to appropriate patients
Provides newborn care to the infant including bath, dressing, obtaining foot prints, assistance with feeding (bottle and breast), glucose checks
Makes occupied and unoccupied beds
Ambulates patients and instructs on walker, cane and crutch walking as appropriate for assigned unit
Assists with pre-and post-operative care; positions patients as ordered; applies special equipment for safety; lifts and turns patients with proper and safe body mechanics and available resources
Applies comfort and safety measures (side rails and call lights)
Sets up oxygen and suction equipment and other respiratory equipment for adults and/or neonates
Applies dressings to Stage I and Stage II skin breakdown
Prepares patient room for MD or RN assessment, evaluation, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
Assists with procedures in the normal newborn nursery as directed
Transports patients, equipment and/or supplies during urgent and emergent situations and to front door on discharge
Responds to emergency situations, secures assistance and initiates basic life support
Reports observations and documents appropriately
Promptly notifies RN of any change in patient condition
Performs post-mortem care and transports bodies to the morgue when necessary
Assumes responsibility for the care of patient's prosthetic devices, hearing aides, dentures, eye glasses, etc.
Follows established policies, procedures and standards of care in all areas of practice.
Indirect Patient Care:
Maintains a safe and clean environment. Duties may include: maintaining temperature logs on, defrosting, and cleaning refrigerator, straightening linen, cleaning utility rooms, cleaning IV poles, cleaning scale, cleaning and returning equipment to SPD, replacing and disposing of soiled linen bags.
Performs duties delegated by the RN to facilitate patient care and the efficient operations of the assigned patient care unit.
Collects and inventories patient belongings on admission, transfer and discharge.
Completes charges using appropriate documentation.
Orders supplies on-line or appropriate requisitions and stocks in appropriate location.
Obtains necessary equipment and supplies to facilitate patient care.
Assures room readiness for incoming patients.
Checks designated equipment for proper functioning.
Counts instruments and sterile trays sent and received from SEP as appropriate for assigned unit.
Stocks and removes linen from patient rooms.
Sets up and breaks down delivery table.
Participates in staff meetings.
Demonstrates cost effective approach to patient care in terms of equipment, supplies and other resource use.
Participates in quality improvement activities.
Participates in daily/weekly/monthly QC's.
Participates in orientation of new staff.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Uses established communication channels to resolve work related problems.
Understands and consistently demonstrates principles of "Patients First" philosophy.
Carries out assigned tasks and activities on a shift basis, as delegated by the RN.
Assumes responsibility for meeting mandatory requirements.
CNA Certification or currently enrolled in SON who has successfully completed basic clinical rotations
CPR recognition by the American Heart Association (BLS for Healthcare Providers)
Minimum of 90% correct on annual mandatory Health and Safety Training quizzes
Unit based recognition for Capillary Blood Glucose Monitoring.
High school diploma required.
One year of college or nursing education or equivalent experience preferred.
Previous experience in a health care setting preferred with a demonstrated ability to relate to patients, family, nursing and medical staff.
- Associates or Bachelor's degree.
Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.