UnityPoint Health

  • Patient Care Assistant Respiratory

    Requisition ID
    Nursing Aides, Assistants, and Techs
    221 NE Glen Oak Ave
    5020 UnityPoint Health Methodist Medical Center
    7C Med Resp- MMCI
    Scheduled Hours/Shift
  • Overview

    1. To assist Registered Professional Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in the provision of patient care by performing assigned patient care and unit maintenance activities as an adjunct to Methodist Medical Centers Nursing Assistant position description.


    Assumes personal responsibility for patient, environmental and personal safety. 1. Provides for safety measures of patients (lift equipment, transfers, side rails, bed checks, call lights, gait belt use, back safety, slide board, use of restraints.) 2. Maintains clear hallways and doorways on an ongoing basis. 3. Uses protective equipment appropriately. 4. Adheres to hand washing policy. 5. Practices good body mechanics, getting assistance as needed to protect patient and own safety. 6. Promptly reports unsafe equipment 7. Alert and responsive to all alarms/call lights. Performs Patient Care Activities as Delegated by the Nurse Utilizing Applicable Policies and Procedures to Ensure Patient Needs and Expectations are Met. 1. Provides for hygiene needs of assigned patients (AM/PM care, oral hygiene and denture care, perineal care, shampoo, bathing, shaving, care of TED, SCD hose). 2. Provides for nutritional needs of assigned patients. (Tray distribution, setting up trays, offering supplements, feeding, adding tube feeding and recording intake). 3. Provides for elimination needs of assigned patient (Foley care, bowel movements, bladder training, enemas, collects specimens, and external catheters; records output). 4. Provides for skin care of assigned patients (turning, positioning, recognition and prevention of skin breakdown, operation of special beds, nail care, and back rubs). 5. Provides for comfort measures (proper positioning, back rubs, oral care, wrinkle free bed sheets and ensuring that bedside table, water pitcher, urinal, are within reach). 6. Provides for activity needs of assigned patients (i.e. dangling, turning, chair, ambulating, walker and crutches, passive and active R.O.M.). 7. Performs measurements of assigned patients (I&O, TPR, B/P, weights, empty drains, hose measurement). 8. Performs additional skills as directed and supervised by the nurse, after training and certification, i.e. intermittent urinary catheterization and clean dressing changes (varies by unit or area). 9. Completes assigned aspects of admission process including vital signs, height and weight, room set up, room orientation, assists patient to bed, assures call light available, etc. 10. Sets up equipment for care (IV poles, admission kit, others) 11. Stores and transfers belongings (dentures, hearing aids, glasses and other personal items) 12. Packs up all patients belongings at discharge. 13. Makes rounds minimally every two hours to assure that patients are comfortable, positioned properly, call light available, room orderly. 14. Patient needs are met and satisfaction of care is expressed. 15. Demonstrates ability to anticipate patient needs. 16. Answers al call lights promptly. 17. Respects privacy. 18. Reports pertinent patient information to the nurse assigned to the patient in a timely manner. 19. Documentation is completed on all documents used prior to leaving shift. Through Teamwork and the Effective Communication, Contributes Toward a Department Environment that Promotes Customer & Employee Satisfaction. 1. Assists in achieving department goals and objectives. 2. Utilizes teamwork effort to maintain positive perceptions in the areas of promptness, friendliness, attitude to call, took problem seriously, attention to special needs, temperature of food, noise level, temperature of the room, attitude towards visitors, and concerns for privacy. 3. Attends educational offerings to validate skills and maintain current knowledge of patient care. 4. Gives and receives peer evaluation constructively. 5. Recognizes unit as three inter-related shifts, supporting changes and assisting with staffing needs. 6. Is knowledgeable of quality assurance indicators and assists in improvement of patient care, such as ID bands, patient falls, and infection control. 7. Displays warmth, concern, and respect for patients and their families. 8. Respects patient's and family's privacy. 9. Responds promptly to patient and family requests. Alerts the nurse promptly when his/her intervention is required. 10. Timely response to call lights. 11. Explains procedures, etc., to patient and family within the nursing assistant scope such as meal times, a.m. care delivery. 12. Conveys warmth, concern, and respect for all hospital personnel. 13. Responsive to requests and concerns from other personnel. 14. Communication with others is open, honest and respectful. 15. Recognizes role others play in providing care to the patient. 16. Provides pertinent information on assigned patients to the nurse during the shift and as requested. 17. Assists peers in assignment completion. Uses Time, Supplies and Other Resources Productively to Promote Responsive and Cost Effective Care For Patients. 1. Completes work within assigned shift 2. Overtime used only as requested by Director/Unit Leader/Lead RN/Shift Coordinator. 3. Prevents waste of supplies and linen. 4. Checks patient room for unused equipment/supplies and returns to SPD promptly. 5. Assists with patient lifting in a timely manner. 6. Answers call lights promptly. 7. Uses slow time to improve unit appearance and accept additional assignments. 8. Assists others in assignment completion. 9. Willingly responds to requests by nursing staff accepting delegated duties from the Registered Professional Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse. 10. Maintains neat and safe patient environment, including bedside table, bathrooms, wastebaskets, bedpans and specipans. 11. Assures discontinued equipment is removed from patient rooms. 12. Completes assigned maintenance tasks such as: cleaning of kitchen, refrigerators, utility rooms, IV poles, carts, making charts, and distributing SPD items. 13. Ensures adequate stock of Protective Equipment in all rooms. 14. Knowledgeable of SPD exchange cart system and consistently charges out supplies used. 15. Knowledgeable of locations of various support areas. 16. Responds promptly to urgent requests.



    1. High School Diploma preferred.



    1. CPR

    2. Additional Information: Completion of one semester clinical experience and currently enrolled in an NLN accredited School of Nursing. Remain "clinically" active in their nursing program.


    EOE M/F/V/D


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