The Patient Care Technician performs various patient care duties for the department under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse or other medical staff. Assists in the delivery of patient care and meeting the needs of the family or significant other and follows the plan of care, which includes the age and/or development stage of the patient.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Collects and records patient data, reporting information and observations to the nurse in a timely fashion. Obtains and records vital signs, height and weight; records nutritional intake and output; and performs blood glucose monitoring via fingerstick blood samples, test strips and portable meters. Performs routine urinary catheter care. Collects and transports specimens, including, but not limited to, urine, stool and sputum, as requested.
Assists patients with activities of daily living (i.e., personal hygiene, dressing, eating, maintaining continence, , and turning/transferring/ambulation) and changing linen, as appropriate to setting. Answers and responds to patient call lights and requests in a timely manner. May be assigned as a sitter for patients needing constant observation.
Cleans patient bedside units and nursing areas not included in general housekeeping; ensures neatness and cleanliness of patient rooms and maintains patient care items.
Cleans equipment properly and distributes based on patient needs. Maintains unit equipment in good working order and notifies the appropriate parties promptly when equipment requires service or repairs.
Maintains inventory, requisitions, and stocks work area supplies and equipment.
Assists with completing and maintaining unit and patient records, files and forms associated with patient admission, transfer, discharge, procedures and patient care. Answers telephone, accesses and records patient data into computerized patient record in accordance with BSWH standards.
Assists with non-medical patient care support duties, such as, making coffee; transporting patients; and distributing ice, water and blankets.
Attends in services, unit meetings and conferences.
Complies with applicable policies and procedures and safety guidelines to ensure a safe work and patient care environment. Observes proper body mechanics while performing work area duties and patient care.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
For positions assigned to the Psychology unit: Completion of formal Psychiatric Technician and Mental Health Assistant Program or 2 years experience in an Inpatient psychiatric setting preferred. Completion of Psychiatric Technician Orientation Skills Checklist. CPI Certification to be obtained during department orientation. Experience as a Psychiatric Technician and Mental Health Assistant preferred.
Good communications skills, both verbally and in writing.
Must be able to maintain confidentiality regarding patient.
Must have the ability to relate professionally and positively and work cooperatively with patients, families, and other employees at all levels.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
EDUCATION - H.S. Diploma/GED Equivalent
EXPERIENCE - Less than 1 Year of Experience
Basic Life Support (BLS): BLS or BLS within 30 days of hire or transfer.
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!