Patient Care Tech Associate

Michigan, United States
05 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


A. Patient Care Duties

  • Observation/Monitoring
  • Assist with admissions, discharges and transfers
  • Obtain and record vital signs including: temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation and reports abnormal values to RN
  • Respond to monitor alarms
  • Assist with connecting to monitors and calibration
  • Apply ECG electrodes and pulse ox probe; attach patient to travel monitor
  • Doppler auscultation of pulses
  • Obtain and record height and weight
  • Measure and record intake and output
  • Empty and record outputs from drains, urinary catheter, bedpan, urinal, etc.
  • Label and secure patient belongings including sensory aides and assist devices

2. Specimen Collection

  • Perform point of care testing; maintain and calibrate equipment and supplies
  • Collect specimens including urine and sputum
  • Perform venipuncture to collect blood specimens

3. Intravenous Lines

  • Prime IV tubing; time and date bag per policy
  • Prime central/pressure set ups (after bag spiked by RN); time and date bag per policy
  • Discontinue peripheral IV, and radial arterial lines - holds pressure to the site after RN removes suture (if applicable)

4. Patient ADLs

  • Provide toileting/bedpan/urinals
  • Accompany, escort, ambulate, move, turn, dangle, lift, attend, hold, position patients
  • Provide patient nourishment by providing snacks/beverages, assist with ordering meals/snacks, feed patients as needed
  • Change gown, bed, linens as needed
  • Assist to undress/dress as needed

5. Urinary Catheters

  • Perform intermittent and clean urinary catheterizations
  • Connect, drains and disconnect urinary catheters
  • Assemble intermittent and continuous bladder irrigation supplies
  • Discontinue urinary catheters
  • Determine bladder status with bladder scanner

6. Wound/Skin Care

  • Perform pre-operative skin prep/hair clipping as needed
  • Provide skin care at the direction of the RN
  • Cleanse and redress non-sterile wounds
  • Perform simple sterile dressing changes, as in central line dressings
  • Assist RN with complex dressing changes
  • Care for permanent drain sites and apply appropriate collection device; i.e. ostomy, G-tube, etc
  • Apply binders, ACE wraps, hot and cold applications

7. Respiratory Care

  • Connect oxygen delivery device and set oxygen flow rate as directed by RN
  • Assist with trach care on stable tracheotomies including cleaning and redressing; assists with tape and tie changes
  • Assist with endotracheal tube care and tape changes
  • Set up Pleurevac
  • Coaches and prompts patient to use incentive spirometer, and coughing/deep breathing
  • Performs routine oral and nasal suctioning

8. Other Interventions

  • Measure and obtain anti-embolism hose; apply sequential compression devices
  • Perform patient care/comfort, safety rounds
  • Provide family support, escort in/out of unit
  • Assist with application and maintain restraints
  • Function as a messenger
  • Obtain supplies and medications as necessary

B. Clerical Duties

  • Identify and print on-line documents including H&P, consent, blood consent
  • Make preoperative paperwork packets
  • Make wristbands
  • Print patient labels
  • Place patient on-call for OR
  • Answer telephones
  • Order equipment
  • Fax documents
  • Page as requested
  • Make/verify patient appointments
  • Verify patient bed assignment in Teletracking
  • Label equipment charge slips
  • Temporarily locate patients in computer system
  • Use multiple computer systems

C. Environment

  • Set up patient bays for admission or procedure
  • Maintain orderliness of patient bays, unit including equipment/cords, linen, trash, patient belongings, etc.
  • Clean and maintain inventory and outdates of equipment and supplies in patient care areas
  • Check emergency equipment
  • Make up stretchers for patient admission
  • Obtain, open, and arrange equipment and supplies for specific procedures
  • Stock supplies and equipment in patient care areas

D. Transport

  • Assist with patient transport as needed

E. Reporting/lunch/breaks

  • Reports to charge nurse at beginning and end of shift, whenever leaving assigned work area, when going on break/lunch or when asked to assist in other areas
  • Available to nursing staff in assigned area and others as needed
  • Lunch and break times are assigned by the charge nurse daily

Required Qualifications*

HS diploma, GED or equivalent; minimum 6 months recent experience as a Nurse Aide/Tech in a hospital setting, nursing home or similar setting; must be able to perform a wide range of physical activities, which include moving, transporting and positioning patients and equipment, as well as constantly positioning self to provide patient care and related duties; ability to read and write; demonstrated ability to work as part of a team; must have a good attendance record; excellent guest relations; proven ability to work independently with faculty and staff.

Candidates should be highly motivated and organized, with a strong desire to learn.

Desired Qualifications*

Attended and passed CNA course or CNA state certification; recent experience in an acute care inpatient setting; basic computer skills; demontrated communication skills, both written and verbal.

Work Schedule

Shift: Evenings, 4p-12:30a, Monday-Friday

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.