HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Patient Care Assistant - Medicine I (PRN) in San Antonio, Texas

At Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, we recognize the unique needs of each of our patients. It’s an extraordinary effort that we continue to improve upon, creating ways to better serve our community when they need us most. Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital receives international acclaim for its outstanding and dynamic kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs, setting record numbers for volume and outcomes. Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital is home to the Texas Transplant Institute, a nationally recognized center that recently performed the world’s first 16-way kidney donor exchange chain during three consecutive days at a single hospital. Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital earned designation as a Center of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Excellence from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 2008. Our Sexual Assault Response Team provides a compassionate environment for sexual assault survivors ages 13 and up. This program serves as a model for hospitals and agencies all over the world. Our hospital provides patient-centered care with a staff of professionals who genuinely care for the well-being of others. As part of Methodist Healthcare’s mission of Serving Humanity to Honor God, we strive to offer care in a safe and compassionate environment. Additional hospital specialties include psychiatric services, emergency care, rehabilitation and robotic surgery.

General Statement of Duties :

The Patient Care Assistant performs a variety of delegated basic patient care services related to common nursing functions and activities of daily living under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN) in a complementary and assistive role. He/she assists the nursing staff in providing patient care in accordance to the PCA’s training, competence and skill, hospital policies and procedures and the Texas Board of Nursing rules for delegated nursing tasks to unlicensed personnel (Rule 224.6). Consistently assists the patient care team with maintaining a clean, well organized, adequately stocked and safe patient environment.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Under the supervision of the RN, performs delegated patient care activities as directed and ordered in accordance with one’s training. Delegated tasks may include:

    1. Obtaining vital signs, height and weight, intake and output, calorie counts, and/or simple non-sterile dressing changes

    2. Safe patient handling: Turning and positioning, use of specialty beds, patient transfer and use of transfer devices, ambulation assistance and use of assistive devices, restraint alternatives, oxygen use and transport, suction use, pre-operative skin preparation and/or use of sequential compression devices (SCD)

    3. Specimen collection, including blood collection for bedside glucose testin

  2. Consistently assists with maintaining a safe patient environment, including :

    1. Addressing identified hazards in the physical environment of the patient room to prevent patient falls.

    2. Hand hygiene and consistent use of standard precautions.

    3. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate following transmission based precautions procedures.

  3. Communicates accurate information for delegated patient care activities performed, including observed patient response to performed activities to the assigned RN (following hand-off communication guidelines).

  4. Assists the RN in collecting data from patients upon admission and assists with patient transfer or discharge preparations as instructed.

  5. Assists patients with bathing, shaving, oral care, toileting, grooming, changing linens, providing water, assisting with meal delivery, and feeding.

  6. Performs hourly rounding, consistently uses AIDET when interacting with patients, and responds to call lights timely.

    Minimum Education, Experience, Training, Required Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Other Job-Related Characteristics :

    1. Education:

High school graduate or equivalent education

  1. Experience: None

    1. Employee completes initial and ongoing training and competencies as defined by service

    line, facility and department/unit which are specific to the needs of the patient population

    served (if applicable).

    1. Preferred: Previous PCA, Nurse aide, orderly experience in a healthcare setting OR

ONE of the following:

A. Completion of a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training program AND

CNA certification with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability

Services on hire.

B. Completion of an EMS (Emergency Medical System) training program AND

EMT certification with the Texas Department of State Health Services on hire.

C. MHS employee in an LVN job description as of December 1, 2011.

Minimum License, Certificates, or Registrations Required:

Required: None

Title: Patient Care Assistant - Medicine I (PRN)

Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital

Requisition ID: 02531-70660