Provides direct patient care as directed by the RN including all activities of daily living such as but not limited to bathing, feeding, transporting, toileting and ambulating patients. Maintains an environment conducive to patient safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the department and patient rooms clean and organized, cleaning department specific equipment, changing bed linens, emptying linen hampers, keeping hallways clear of equipment and returning equipment. Acquires and distributes supplies and equipment to facilitate patient care delivery including, but not limited to, performing messenger functions, ordering, charging/crediting supplies, setting up patient care equipment within the scope of the nursing assistant position and stocking patient rooms and unit supply areas. Delivers patient nourishments, fills water pitchers and distributes patient mail. Performs the UPMC nursing core responsibilities for nursing assistants: blood glucose, weights, vital signs, I&O, specimen collections and Foley care. Provides feedback to the RN regarding patient care and reports changes in patient status. May apply, monitor and remove patient restraints per physician or hospital protocol.
Constructively receives feedback and direction.Identifies and communicates learning needs to the unit director.Takes action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.Requests assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.Participates in self-review as requested by the unit director.
Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team.Demonstrates understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions.Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace.Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation and commitment to patients and colleagues.
Suggests and supports changes within the department.Assumes responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.Demonstrates awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.
Assures equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establishes appropriate and effective communication strategies.Establishes professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.Contributes to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
Provides diversional activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints. Documents in the medical record according to established procedures.Completes clerical functions as needed by department.Complies with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understands policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure. *Strictly adheres to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital related information.*Responds within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations. *Provide companionship/supervision one in one with patients as required.
Demonstrates the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all members of the health care team. Demonstrates understanding of cultural diversity, horizontal violence and impairment in the health professions. Cares for patients and self by supporting safety in the workplace. Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by demonstrating accountability for actions, enthusiasm, motivation, and commitment to patients and colleagues.
*Performs in accordance with system-wide competencies/behaviors.
*Performs other duties as assigned.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.
High school diploma or equivalent. Successful completion of UPMC nursing assistant or EIC training program. Knowledge of body mechanics and transfer techniques. Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) preferred. Access to medications is limited to the distribution of the medication to the nurse.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire
- Activities Of Daily Living (Ad Ls)
- Basic Life Support
- Blood Sugar
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Health Care