Patient Care Aide
SummaryReporting to an Operations Leader and receiving work direction from a Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) or other designate, performs personal care duties for patients related to hygiene and grooming, eating, mobilization and other activities of daily living. Performs delegated nursing procedures on specific direction such as taking temperatures, pulse, respiration, administering suppositories and enemas, collecting urine and stool specimens. Observes patient’s behaviours and symptoms and documents observations in accordance with standard procedures; assists in ensuring a safe patient environment; and reports significant observations to nurse or Unit Supervisor. May be required to perform clerical, stocking, laundry and other related duties as required by unit.
SkillsAbility to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to deal with others effectively.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.
EducationGrade 10, plus graduation from a recognized Resident Care Attendant Program and successful completion of an Acute Care Skills Program or three (3) months recent, related experience in an acute care environment, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
DutiesProvides and/or assists with personal care and comfort for patients such as bathing, dressing, skin care, mouth care, pericare, and hair care according to the established care plan. Provides a safe and respectful environment for patients by following safety instructions as established on the patient care plan and PHC policies and procedures that include activities such as toileting, continence care, lifting and transferring, bathing, positioning and ambulating.
Contributes to the overall evaluation of the patient and supports the continuity of care by methods such as observing patient’s behaviours and symptoms, documenting observations in accordance with standard procedures, recognizing and responding to anticipated/unanticipated patient responses to care, and reporting significant observations, concerns and/or related problems to delegated nursing staff in a timely way. Assesses potential emergency situations and intervenes as required.
Assists patients with meals and nourishments by performing duties such as serving, setting up and collecting meal trays and feeding designated patients as established on the patient care plan and in accordance with PHC policies and procedures.
Performs delegated nursing procedures on specific direction such as taking temperatures, pulse, respiration, administering suppositories and enemas, collecting urine and stool specimens.
Maintains a safe work environment by performing duties such as ensuring call bell is within reach of patients and/or cleaning up spills and tiding patient rooms and common areas and cleaning furnishings and refrigerators in accordance with established procedures. Reports problems to designated nursing staff.
Operates and/or cleans equipment related to patient care such as bathtubs, scales, mechanical lifts, bedpans, special mattresses and personal care items such as glasses, hearing aids and dentures
Employees of Providence Health Care receive an excellent and comprehensive health benefit package, as per their collective agreement or terms and conditions of employment.
*Other benefit packages may apply if this is an affiliate posting.
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