Patient Care Associate

Job Title
Patient Care Associate
Job Order ID
27670667
Begin Date
6/20/22
Duration
Location
Jacksonville,  FL
Other Location
Description
Idea Recruitment has partnered with the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center and part of one of the nation’s top 5 public research universities in Jacksonville, FL in their search for multiple Patient Care Associates.

General Job Summary:
The Patient Care Associate (PCA) provides age-specific patient centered-care.  As a member of the patient care team, is expected to take direction from the RN for patient care assignments.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Successfully performs approved clinical skills, as evidenced by skills validation documented on competency checklists, such as: vital signs, bed baths, ambulation, mouth care, foley care, shaving, I/O, waived testing, non-complex dressing changes, patient feeds and set ups, etc.  CNAs working in the TCU may perform blood draws.

Documents on flowsheet appropriate patient information (blood glucose monitoring, vital signs, I/Os, % of diet tolerated, and all care provided).

Keeps RN informed of patient status and reports changes immediately.  Obtains/gives report at shift change from/to RN and PCA.

Ensures effective and safe care for patients by complying with organizational staffing and scheduling guidelines such as: floating, mandatory overtime, on call, disaster response, etc.

Answers patient calls in a timely manner.

Provides patient-centered care and demonstrates BEST “must have” behaviors to achieve a high level of patient/family satisfaction such as: AIDET, communication boards, Key Words at Key Times, hourly rounding, managing up, no pass zone, etc.

Ensures assigned rooms are clean and orderly, that the patient’s call light is within reach at all times, and ensures that the trash is emptied each shift.  Performs a “clean sweep” of assigned rooms at 0600 and 1800.

Assumes clerical and sitter duties, assists with transportation, and picks up and delivers supplies/equipment as assigned.

Complies with patient safety goals and programs as defined in hospital policies and procedures such as safe use of restraints, use of clinical alarm systems, communications among caregivers, falls and pressure ulcer prevention protocols, accurate identification of patients, infection control, etc.

Additional Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Participates in performance improvement (PI) initiatives, quality improvement teams (QITs), and root cause analyses (RCAs) as necessary.
  • Reviews UF Health emails at least weekly and responds appropriately and timely during work hours.
  • Supports research and the implementation of evidenced-based best practices.
  • Participates in peer interviewing and peer review as requested.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned within job specifications and as noted on skills inventory checklist.

Required Education:
GED
High School Diploma

Specific Course Work:
  • CNA License
  • Completion of fundamentals of nursing concepts (RN or LPN)
  • Completion of EMT Training Program
  • Completion of a Certified Medical Assistant Program
  • Equivalent military training as a hospital corpsman or medic

Necessary Skills: 
  1. Demonstrates teamwork and communicates in a professional manner with all members of the healthcare team.
  2. Demonstrates the ability to learn and apply all hospital computer technologies and procedures that affect patient care delivery.
  3. Knowledge of basic medical terminology and standard precautions.

Required Licensure/Certifications:
           Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification
           State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant required for TCU
           Crisis Prevention Institute training within ninety (90) days, and then annually, is required for Psych Unit

Preferred Licensure/Certifications:
           Certified Nursing Assistant in State of Florida

Required Experience:
Less than 1 year providing patient care.

Preferred Experience:
One (1) year or more experience with providing patient care

Equipment Operated and/or Work Aids Used: 
Patient care equipment:  Automated dispensing supply stations, blood pressure equipment, digital thermometer, pulse oximetry, mechanical beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, scales, biomed authorized refrigerator, ice maker, dietary carts, microwaves, and waive testing meter. Other equipment as determined by specific patient care areas.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
How important are the following activities in the performance of the job task?
(Please check one for each of the activities listed below.)
                                                                                                                                                               Essential         Usual       Unnecessary
Activity related to the job task:                                                                                                       Essential to    Normally part    Rarely needed
                                                                                                                                                               the job task       of the job          for the job
                                                                                                                                                                  60-90%            30-60%               0-30%

Sitting..................................................................................................................                                      
Standing..............................................................................................................                                      
Walking...............................................................................................................                                      
Lifting/carrying:
       Less than 10 pounds.......................................................................................                                      
       10 - 20 pounds................................................................................................                                      
       20 - 50 pounds................................................................................................                                      
Pushing/pulling:  (Initial force needed to move the load, not the weight of the load itself)
       Less than 20 pounds.......................................................................................                                      
       20 - 50 pounds (e.g. a shopping cart loaded with 200 pounds) ......................................                                      
Bending (at the waist) ............................................................................................                                      
Squatting (bending at the knees) ................................................................................                                      
Crawling (moving about on hands and knees) .................................................................                                      
Climbing (ascending or descending stairs or ladders) ........................................................                                      
Reaching (extending hands and arms in any direction) ......................................................                                      
Kneeling (resting on bended knees) .............................................................................                                      
Using arm muscles frequently or for extended periods:
        Handling (seizing, holding, grasping or turning objects) ...............................................                                         
        Fine manipulation (keying, writing or finger work)...................................................                                      
Using leg muscles frequently or for extended periods:
        Operating foot controls/levers.......................................................................                                      
Sight (Receive visual information in both eyes) ................................................................                                      
Hearing (Understanding usable speech w/wo amplification) ...............................................                                      
Speech (Normally-paced, distinct speech) .....................................................................                                      
Head Movement (Can look up/down and/or to the sides) ................................................                                      
Sensation (Heat, touch, pain, pressure) ........................................................................                                      
Balance (Maintaining balance while standing or moving) ...................................................                                      
 
Hazard Survey
Does the job involve DAILY?                                                                                                     Essential           Yes                   No

Continuous keyboard use for longer than 2 hrs. or
intermittent keyboard use for longer than 4 hrs.?.................................................                                      
Performance of the same motion or motion pattern every few
seconds for more than 2 hrs. at a time? ...............................................................                                      
Fixed or awkward work postures (for example: overhead work, twisted or bent back,
bent wrist, kneeling or squatting) for more than a total of 2 hrs.?...................................                                      
Use of vibrating or impact tools or equipment for more than a total of 2 hrs.? ......                                      
Forceful hand exertions for more than a total of 2 hrs.?........................................                                      

Unassisted frequent manual handling of greater than 10 lbs.
more than 25 times in 2 hrs.?...............................................................................                                      
Unassisted forceful manual handling with:
                Far lifts (lifts with the load at arms’ length) of more than 10 lbs.?.......................                                      
                Middle lifts (lifts with the load midway in front of the body) of more than 12 lbs.?..                                      
                Near lifts (lifts with the load close to the body) of more than 17 lbs.?...................                                      
 
Does the job involve?                                                                                                                  Essential           Yes                   No

Contact with blood and/or body fluids?................................................................                                      
Working with biohazards?....................................................................................                                      
                (Describe what materials, e.g. bacteria, funguses, viruses)      
Working outdoors?..............................................................................................                                      
Working in hot, cold, or wet surroundings?...........................................................                                      
Working with or near chemicals?..........................................................................                                      
(Describe from MSDS documentation on file in department)
Formalin 10%, Nitroglycerin, Chemo Drugs, Acetone, Peroxide, Glutaraldehyde, Heparin Sodium, Bleach, Ammonia, floor stripping and waxing.
Working near fumes, gases, mists, dust or powders?............................................                                      
                (Describe what type) Oxygen
Working near radiation sources?..........................................................................                                      
                (Describe if ionizing, laser or microwave)      
Working in a noisy environment?.........................................................................                                      
                (Describe from most recent documentation of noise level)      
Working near electrical hazards?..........................................................................                                      
Operating vehicles or machinery?........................................................................                                      
(Describe what type)
Patient care equipment:  Automated dispensing supply stations, blood pressure equipment, digital thermometer, pulse oximetry, mechanical beds, wheelchairs, stretchers, scales, biomed authorized refrigerator, ice maker, dietary carts, microwaves, and waive testing meter. Other equipment as determined by specific patient care areas.
Using hand or power tools?.................................................................................                                      
                (Describe tools)      
Wearing protective clothing or equipment?..........................................................                                      
                (Check any personal protective equipment necessary to perform any or all job tasks below)
 Mask                               Gloves                            Gowns
 Goggles                          Face Shield                   Respirator*
 Caps                                Shoe Covers                                 Hard Hat
 Back Support               Wrist Support              Hearing Protection  
Other:      

 
Required Skills

Required Licensure/Certifications:
           Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Certification
           State of Florida Certified Nursing Assistant required for TCU
           Crisis Prevention Institute training within ninety (90) days, and then annually, is required for Psych Unit
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