Maniilaq Association Patient Care Technician/Safety Attendant I/II-Relief-Inpatient in Kotzebue, Alaska
POSITION SUMMARY: Provides basic patient care including, but not limited to: age specific assistance with ADL s, assists physicians and nurses with procedures, assist with whirlpool treatments, changing bed linens, patient escort and monitoring and any other therapeutic measures that result in a higher level of patient comfort. Must be able to support the association and hospital mission, goals and objectives. Under the supervision of an RN, provides close observation of selected patients providing a safe environment. Follows protocol when assigned as a patient observer of the following patients: suicide risk, elopement risk, severe cognitive impairment PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists with admission, discharge, transport, and transfer of patients. Prepares patients for and assists with examinations, tests, and special procedures. Advises and assists patients in handling of valuables and personal belongings per hospital policy and assists in gathering patients belongings during transfer or discharge. Provides basic patient care, including hygiene, preventive skin care, incontinence care, feeding, and mobility, range of motion and application of safety measures to all patients including those in isolation. Understands the developmental needs of all patients throughout the continuum of life. Is able to assess and adjust care of specific patients based on those needs as directed by the charge nurse or supervisor. Obtains vital signs; temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respirations, pulse oximetry, weight (including use of bed scale and wheelchair scale when necessary), height, head and girth measurements. Documents same on proper forms. Recognizes and notifies nurse of any abnormal measures. Monitors for, identifies, and reports changes in patient status to the RN. Performs patient treatments as directed. These may include but are not limited to: application of heat or cold, non-sterile care, post-mortem care, care of urinary catheters, and oral suctioning. Performs a variety of technical tasks, which may include: collecting, preparing and transporting specimens to the laboratory, removal of urinary catheters, setting up the delivery table, and performance of accucheck blood sugars. Documents and reports results to nurse. Initiates CPR and other emergency measures as required. Adheres to established emergency and disaster procedures. Assists in the maintenance of unit supplies and nourishments. Maintains cleanliness and safety of a variety of equipment, reports any hazardous equipment and seeks repair when necessary. Provides environmental, room surveys to ensure safe, orderly, clean patient care environment. Assists with the application and removal of restraints as instructed. Monitors patients in the restraints or on suicide precautions per protocol. Advise and assist patients in the proper handing of valuable and personal belongings and assists in gathering belongings during transfer or discharge.