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Job Title:   PATIENT CARE CLER TECH (NOCNA)
22700
12 Hour Day 7am-7pm Shift
Full-Time
36
Patient/Resident Care Support

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Via Christi Health's rich history of serving the people of Kansas and the surrounding region dates back more than 100 years to the healing ministries of our founding congregations. Today, Via Christi Health is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas. We serve Kansas and northeast Oklahoma through our doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services.



Position Summary:
Assists in performing delegated patient care activities; including activities of daily living and basic nursing care procedures, as well as identified competencies required in the assigned patient care unit. Performs duties and presents oneself in a manner that would lead to high levels of patient satisfaction. Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
 
Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions: 
  • Participates in routine activities of patient care for the specific unit population of assigned area.
  • Performs delegated patient care tasks in a timely and efficient manner, and under the guidance of a Registered Nurse/LPN.
  • Contributes to continuity of care and effective communication by reporting care provided and changes in the patient's condition to the primary nurse or designed in a timely manner.
  • May perform other duties as assigned or requested
 
Direct patient care duties fall into one of the following types of areas:
Nurse Aide specific duties include:
  • Prepares equipment and aids nursing staff during treatment and examination of patient.  Keeps RN informed of pertinent patient data and findings. Takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration rates, and food and fluid intake and output as directed. Prepares rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, and/or supplies for surgery/treatment. Assists in surgery/treatment as assigned. Provides nursing care to patients under the direction of an RN in a manner which promotes quality care.
 
Intensive Care specific duties include:
  • Transports patients. Prepares rooms, sterile instruments, equipment, and/or supplies for surgery/treatment, or procedures.  Provides nursing care to patients under the direction of an RN in a manner which promotes quality care. This will include, but not be limited to, the assisting in achieving hemostasis, by use of either manual pressure, or hemostasis devices. Reviews patient information to determine normal heart rhythm pattern, current pattern, and prior variances. Performs/observes electrocardiographs, documents interpretation at prescribed intervals and in the event of dysrhythmias or rhythm changes. Notifies RN and/or other appropriate personnel immediately in the event of life-threatening dysrhythmias.  
 
Burn Care specific duties include:
  • Perform delegated patient care tasks in a timely and efficient manner, under the guidance of a registered nurse including dressing changes, hydrotherapy, ECG monitoring and phlebotomy. Collect accurate patient data and communicate all pertinent patient care data to the appropriate RN accurately and promptly. Complete unit related activities such as transcription of orders; computer data entry; receptionist duties and phone courtesies. Maintain unit readiness through procurement of equipment and stocking supplies.
 
Emergency Care specific duties include:
  • Demonstrates skill in phlebotomy techniques and basic specimen collection. Performs unit related tasks: procurement and preparation of instruments and equipment, restocking of supplies, maintaining unit cleanliness, etc., as indicated. Cleans patient area and equipment. Assists triage nurse as requested. Observes patients in waiting room, reassures patients waiting, and assists RN with collection of specimens. Transports all noncritical admits to specified unit. Assists RN transporting critical patients. Assists ER Code Blue team with procedures, specimen collection, equipment, and supplies as necessary.
 
OBTech specific duties include:
  • Feeding newborns, weighing newborns, changing diapers, providing cord care, bathing newborns, assisting with circumcision, and providing pericare and foley care to the mothers. Performing heel sticks and collection of genetic screening specimens. Performing accuchecks. Performing car seat screenings. Setting up a vaginal delivery cart. Cleaning the Operating Suite. Keeping RN informed of pertinent patient data and findings.
 
Non-direct patient care duties fall into one of the following types of areas:
ECG Monitoring specific duties include:
Monitors heart rhythm patterns of patients to detect abnormal pattern variances. Reviews patient information to determine normal heart rhythm pattern, current pattern, and prior variances. Continuously observes electrocardiographs, documents interpretation at prescribed intervals and in the event of dysrhythmias or rhythm changes. Detects and notifies RN and/or other appropriate personnel immediately in the event of life-threatening dysrhythmias.
 
Health Unit Coordination specific duties include:
Performs receptionist duties, maintains inventory of designated supplies and utilizes computer extensively. Responsible for initiating and maintaining unit and medical records. Responds promptly to all individuals seeking information. Keeps nurse in charge updated regarding unit activity, problems or complaints. Performs clerical duties to assist the health team in providing quality patient care. Coordinates activities to maintain an organized and efficient department.
 
 
Applies to Wichita Hospitals only:
Level 2 position requires experience in at least one direct patient care area and one additional non-direct patient care area.
 
Level 3 position requires experience in at least one direct patient care area and two additional non-direct patient care area.
 


JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifications:
 
            Education and/or Experience
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
  • For Mercy Regional:  Certified Nurse Aide training course required.
  • For Wichita Hospitals:  Previous experience normally associated with a Certified Nurse Aide training course required. Experience must be in direct patient care duties.
  • For Pittsburg Hospital: Previous experience normally associated with a Certified Nurse Aide training course preferred.
 
            Behavioral Skills
  • A personal presence which is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals and values of Via Christi Health.
  • Compassion for patients, family members, and others; along with a nurturing spirit to provide care during emotionally stressful situations.
  • Must display good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions.
 
            Technical Skills
  • Working knowledge of basic computer systems in order to complete data entry required.
  • Basic working email knowledge required,
  • Ability to navigate the internet and Via Christi intranet required.
  • Ability to use multiple forms of communication devices such as telephones, paging systems, portable data devices.
 
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers offered by the American Heart Association or CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer offered by the Red Cross within 30 days post date of hire. 
 
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodationsmay be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Frequently required to push and pull items, such as patient beds, requiring a force of up to 75 pounds.
  • Frequently required to carry or lift items weighing up to 50 pounds at waist height for distances up to 100 feet.
  • Frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Frequently required to assist in maneuvering patients weighing 100-400 pounds and occasionally required to assist in maneuvering patients weighing over 400 pounds. 
  • Tolerate standing and walking for up to 6 hours at a time on hard and soft surfaces.
  • Frequently perform activities that require stooping, bending and reaching, squatting, balancing, and trunk twisting throughout the day.
  • Constantly able to effectively communicate verbally and in written form.
  • Occasionally required to sit in a stationary position for up to 30 minutes at one time.
  • Frequently able to detect and discern both loud and soft sounds such as patient calls, verbal orders, monitors, and phone calls.
  • Frequently able to use hands and fingers to perform simple and fine motor handling tasks, such as pinching and manipulating while pushing syringes, adjusting IVs, handling intricate medical equipment, taking vital signs, writing, and using a keyboard.
  • Frequently able to use different types of visual perceptions to perform activities such as moving medical equipment, evaluating patients, reading monitors and charts, and reading computer screens.
  • Occasionally required to detect unusual odors that could indicate infection or other problems with a patient, or environmental issues such as smoke.
Working Conditions:
  • Occasionally exposure to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of radiation. 
  • Exposure to blood, body fluids, tissues, communicable diseases, etc is routine.
 
Position Scope/Patient Population:
  • Specific scope of care and patient populations are identified in the Unit Specific Structure Standards.



Via Christi Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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