HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Nurse Extern PRN Resource Pool Staff in San Antonio, Texas
Methodist Hospital opened in 1963 as the first hospital in the internationally acclaimed South Texas Medical Center. From the beginning, we've recognized the unique needs of each of our patients. It's a process that we continue to improve on, creating ways to better serve the community when they need us the most. Methodist Hospital offers a broad range of specialties including cardiology, bone marrow transplant, emergency medicine, neurosciences, maternity care, gynecology and orthopedics. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission in stroke care and is designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center. We deeply value our staff and our patients. As the flagship hospital of the Medical Center and of the Methodist Healthcare system of hospitals, we appreciate the support and recognition we receive from the community in being ranked No. 1 in the Express - News Reader's Choice Awards from 2009-2013. We also enjoy being the most preferred hospital in San Antonio, as consistently reported by the Consumer Research Corporation.
The (Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern) maintains enrollment in a professional registered nursing program and performs a variety of delegated basic patient care services under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN). The Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern works in a complementary, assistive, and mentoring role with the RN in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act. The Extern assists the nursing staff in providing patient care in accordance to one’s training, Hospital policies, and the Texas Board of Nursing rules for delegated nursing tasks to unlicensed personnel (Rule 224.8). The Patient Care Assistant Nurse Extern consistently assists the patient care team with maintaining a clean, well-organized, adequately stocked, and safe patient environment.
Essential Job Functions:
Under the supervision of the RN, performs delegated patient care activities as directed. Delegated tasks may include:
a. Obtaining vital signs, height and weight, intake and output, calorie counts, and simple non-sterile dressing changes b. 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) c. Specimen collection, including blood collection for bedside glucose testing
Consistently assists with maintaining a safe patient environment to include:
a. Addressing identified hazards in the physical environment of the patient room to prevent patient falls b. Hand hygiene and consistent use of standard precautions c. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate following transmission based precautions procedures
Communicates accurate information for delegated patient care activities performed, to including observed patient response to performed activities to the assigned RN (following hand-off communication guidelines).
Assists the RN in collecting data from patients on admission and assists with patient transfer or discharge preparations as instructed.
Assists patients with bathing, shaving, oral care, toileting, grooming, changing linens, providing water, assisting with meal delivery and feeding as directed.
Performs hourly rounding, consistently uses AIDET when interacting with patients, and responds to call lights timely.
ONE of the following:
Completion of both of the following:
o Fundamentals in Nursing course
o Completion of 1 Medical-Surgical clinical semester rotation
Graduate of a professional registered nursing program waiting to complete the Texas State Board of Nursing Registered Nurse Licensing Exam and/or results of examination.
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED AND/OR PREFERRED:
Maintains current enrollment in a professional registered nursing Program as evidenced by providing on-going documentation of enrollment.
Employee completes initial and ongoing training as defined by service line, facility and department specific to the needs of the patient population served (if applicable).
Title: Patient Care Assistant (PCA) Nurse Extern PRN Resource Pool Staff
Location: Texas-San Antonio-Methodist Hospital
Requisition ID: 02531-72492