The Patient Care Technician carries out all assignments given by the Registered Nurse or Charge Nurse of the unit. S/he is accountable for all tasks assigned during a shift and contributes to the development of the patient care plan.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, etc. Report any abnormal findings to the Charge Nurse. Record the findings in the Patient Care Record.
2. Perform basic care as instructed by the Registered Nurse. Such duties include: weigh and measure patient; give enemas; apply vaginal pads; test urine for sugar and acetones; provide Foley catheter care; assist with postmortem care; and other basic nursing procedures as assigned.
3. Document on the Intake/Output sheet all intake and output for the shift including gomco suction, hemovac, and Foley output.
4. Perform routine and stat venipuncture (age specific).
5. Collect and assist with the collection of urine, sputum, and stool. Label all specimens for the laboratory and clock-in the time on the lab slip and place them in the appropriate area. Deliver samples within 15 minutes if stat venipuncture.
6. Perform EKGs by placing leads on the patient in the proper manner; operating the EKG equipment in a safe manner; and clean the equipment when the assignment is complete.
7. Consistently apply and adhere to isolation procedures and techniques.
8. Bath, dress and assist patients in oral hygiene, along with providing proper hygiene and skin care.
9. Provide clean linen, when appropriate. Make unoccupied, occupied, and post-anesthetic beds.
10. Collect and bag soiled linen and discard appropriately.
11. Provide patients with clean bedpans/urinals. Empty bedpans/urinals as needed.
12. Assist patients in and out of bed for purposes such as the bathroom; to sit in chair; or to walk around.
13. Ensure patients receive their dietary trays and set-up trays for the patients. Assist and/or feed patients, as needed. Pick-up all dietary trays not picked up by Food & Nutritional Staff.
14. Document on the Patient Care Record and issues with the patient’s appetite. Inform the Registered Nurse of patient’s appetites.
15. Assist with the positioning and re-positioning of patients as instructed by the Registered Nurse demonstrating the importance of correct positioning and body alignment while utilizing comfort devices.
16. Ensure patient beds are in the low position and locked at all times. Ensure that side rails are up at all times. Ensure patients are properly secured when transferring to or from a bed, wheelchair, or stretcher.
17. Clean equipment prior to returning to Central Supply.
18. Clean equipment on the unit as assigned (medicine carts, water carts, stretchers, and desk areas).
19. Pick-up supplies daily. Restock and put away properly supplies for the nursing unit.
20. Assist with admission, transfer, and discharge of patients.
21. When transferring patients, collect the patient’s personal belongings; assist patient to wheelchair or stretcher; and orientate patient to new surroundings.
22. Transport patients to and from other departments.
23. Answer nurse call system promptly and provide prompt appropriate response to patient requests 100% of the time. Notify nurse immediately if need professional nurse intervention.
24. Make frequent rounds to check on patients.
25. Input data into computer system to generate reports.
26. Participate in the appropriate exchange of information utilizing the computer system provided.
27. Maintain awareness of comfort and safety needs of patients.
28. Report discharge planning needs to nurse.
29. Assist with preparation of deceased patients and transport to morgue.
30. Participate in department or unit quality improvement activities.
31. Advocate and support unit, hospital, and nursing activities.
32. Achieve and maintain competency in skills and comply with policies associated with the skills inventory.
33. Maintain personal education record.